Posted tagged ‘Washington Redskins’

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…

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Photo of the Week: Robert Griffin III

May 25, 2012

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

RG3 will be the first NFL player and the first player across all four North American professional sports (NBA, MLB, NHL) to feature a Roman numeral on the nameplate on the back of his uniform.

Mr. Hercules himself aka LaRon Landry joins the New York Jets

March 19, 2012

@MrLandry30..."You can't build a reputation on what your going to do"... #grindmode http://pic.twitter.com/PxFzz5jA

The New York Jets have agreed to a deal with former Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry. The deal is for one year and $4 million.

The Jets were running out of options in a safety market that had already lost three players to franchise tags. They made an offer to Reggie Nelson, but he opted to re-sign Sunday with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets also showed interest in Brandon Meriweather, who signed with the Redskins last week.

Landry, the No. 6 overall pick in 2007, missed 15 games over the last two seasons because of an Achilles-tendon issue. He reportedly was told by the Redskins to have surgery to remove bone spurs from the tendon area, but he opted for alternative medicine procedures.

The Redskins didn’t make a strong push to re-sign him, opting for Meriweather. Landry also visited with the Patriots.

With Eric Smith the only experienced safety under contract, the Jets wanted to fortify the position before the draft.

Former starter Jim Leonhard, only three months removed from major knee surgery, is a free agent — but a return isn’t out of the question. Brodney Pool, who replaced Leonhard in the lineup, signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Jets want a playmaker at safety, as their safeties combined for only two interceptions last season. They also struggled in pass coverage against tight ends. However, Landry isn’t known for his pass coverage; he has only four interceptions in five seasons.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Landry is better around the line of scrimmage, a physical tackler that should improve the Jets’ run defense. He has six forced fumbles and 5½ sacks for his career.

Landry was on his way to becoming a premier safety when he was sidelined by a strained Achilles tendon in 2010. The injury forced him to miss the final seven games. Rather than surgery, recommended by the team, he received platelet-rich plasma treatments.

After missing the first two games of the 2011 season with a hamstring injury, Landry came back strong and started to flash his old form, but he went down with an injured groin. Some believe it may have stemmed from the still-troublesome Achilles tendon. Once again, the team recommended surgery. He opted for stem-cell treatment.

Landry said in late January that he expected to be 100 percent by free agency in March.

Regardless of all the injuries, if the photo up above doesn’t scare you then you are the toughest person on the block. This top 10 pick back in 2007 is in great shape as you can see and I think if the Jets bring back Jim Leonhard they would improve drastically on defense. Also if they brought both in and one gets hurt, you have the other option to go to and get production on the field. I think this was a high risk, high reward deal because of the injuries. But if he can play in 2007 form again, the Jets defense can be really scary next season…

The Sports Cycle Video: NFL Weekly Conversation with special guest David Tukesbrey

September 21, 2011

Donnie Dwyer talks to WMUR Assistant Sports Director David Tukesbrey about Week 2 in the NFL. We cover the 2-0 teams, surprising players, the Seahawks, and the Robinson hit on Maclin this past Sunday…