Posted tagged ‘Tiger Woods’

ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments

December 14, 2012

Via ESPN:

ESPN_Robert_Parker_2012ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for comments he made regarding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker questioned Griffin’s “blackness.”

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black.

Later, he said he wanted to find out more about Griffin and how he deals with black teammates and others in Washington.

“We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

robert-griffin-III-adidas-adizero-5-star-3Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.”

 Every time I listen to him on ESPN, he always talks about race or something about how African American players don’t get the credit they deserve. I am so happy ESPN has suspended him. He never brought anything to the table really and he just reiterated the same points all the time. And for him to call out Robert Griffin III like that was absurd and that really got to me watching that show. RG III is a good kid with good family values. That’s what everyone wants to see in your star QB and for Parker to call him out on his so called “blackness” was absurd and out of control. As a journalist, this topic and post makes me very upset because people would rather talk about issues that don’t have facts than arguments that bring up discussion and insight. In the end, this brought up one discussion for Mr. Parker and his television career. Good Bye Rob Parker…

The Marketing of Golf

February 7, 2012

Donnie Dwyer talks about Marketing in the world of golf and breaks down the different dimensions…

Video: The Sports Cycle update Tuesday

June 7, 2011

Donnie Dwyer covers the updates in Tuesday sports from MLB, NBA, NHL, and Golf. There are a ton of video highlights and interviews from players and coaches! Enjoy…

Fred Couples likes to text and help out Tiger Woods

February 19, 2011

Via ESPN Golf Blog:

Fred Couples admitted he is not much into the social networking phenomena — he said he didn’t even know what Facebook is and that he doesn’t quite understand Twitter.

 But he does know how to text.

Couples, 51, said he would text a few people after his 66 at Riviera Country Club put him in the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

One of them was Tiger Woods, who beat him to it Friday afternoon with a text of congratulations to Couples on his round that put him in the lead.

 Couples could not resist a little tweaking of a player he expects to have on his Presidents Cup team later this year.

 “I texted him back when I was coming down here [to the media center after the round],” Couples said. “I said, ‘I do love this place, but if you played here you’d win 10 times.’ And he didn’t send me too polite a text after that.

 “I’m shocked that he doesn’t play here, but I guess he doesn’t play well here, which I don’t know why. If I can play well here, any human being in the world can play well here.”

 Woods has not played the Northern Trust Open since 2006, when he withdrew with an illness after the second round. He played here for the first time as an amateur in 1992, his first time playing on the PGA Tour.

 With 11 appearances in the event (one at Valencia Country Club), Woods has played this tournament more than any other without a victory.

Gotta love Freddie Couples. If you are an avid golf fan, you know how good Fred Couples is to the game of golf. Fred also realizes that when Tiger is one of the best in the world, the game of golf is better than any other sport. I enjoy the amusing humor in this article with the texts and the quotes from the great Couples. Hopefully Fred can take the Northern Trust Open this year and show the young guys how to roll. Even though he is 51 and playing also in the Champions Tour, he still can hit the ball with the young guns in the PGA Tour…