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01-08-2013, 03:57 PM #1
Rob Parker Won't Continue with ESPN
I know the last thread got out of hand and closed. However I figured anyone who was a part of it and reading it would be interested to know. I feel it was the right move. It stinks for someone to lose their job for saying something stupid whether they meant what they said or not. I feel it would set a bad example to treat certain people differently than others and I feel it was fair he was let go considering their stance it the past in similar matters.
ESPN will not renew its contract with commentator Rob Parker, who was suspended last month following remarks he made on "First Take" in which he questioned Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's "blackness."
"Rob Parker's contract expired at year's end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RG III comments, we decided not to renew his deal," an ESPN spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.
During a Dec. 13 episode of "First Take" on ESPN2, Parker was discussing Griffin's answer to a question about Griffin's role as an African-American quarterback. In questioning Griffin's "blackness," Parker cited that Griffin has a white fiancée and is rumored to be Republican.
Among his comments, Parker, who is black, said: "Is he a brother or a cornball brother?"
Parker later issued an apology on his Twitter account. A day later, on Dec. 20, ESPN announced he was suspended for 30 days.
01-08-2013, 04:53 PM #2
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01-08-2013, 05:22 PM #4
I honestly dont understand that comment. What place does this have in sports reporting. They should state facts not sensationalize the news with blatant race baiting tactics.
01-08-2013, 06:52 PM #5
He deserved to be let go (because he technically wasn't fired), whoever let the comment air on the re-run was probably let go as well.
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01-08-2013, 07:19 PM #6
Well it stuck and raised an uproar which is what he wanted.Rob Parker will have a job in about 2 weeks with another sport affiliate"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here". Jack Nicholson
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. ~André Gide
01-09-2013, 10:14 AM #7
I didn't necessarily disagree with his line of thought even he was still making some serious insinuations and he should have came out with proof before he went there. I'm sorry to hear about him getting fired because I really don't believe that he had any malicious intentions. That being said that type of discussion was inappropriate for ESPN and would have been more appropriate on a Black forum. Trust me I know from personal experience with my dealings on P&R.
01-09-2013, 10:44 AM #8
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01-09-2013, 10:46 AM #9
You want proof he's really black? Look at the guy. He's black.
Does he fit into some self imposed racial pigeonhole? No.
Asking if a guy is really black sets social equality back 30 years.
01-09-2013, 10:50 AM #10
Seeing as the trash is being thrown out, why do they not do the same with Stephen A. Smith?
This guy is a solid piece of garbage.