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It’s Official: Rob Parker Dropped From ESPN Over His RG3 Comments

ESPN commentator Rob Parker has reportedly been shown the door, and told that the network will not renew his contract. Mike rob-parkerSoltys, a vice president at the network, tweeted “Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew.”

The sports pundit caused a great deal of controversy when he called Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, RGIII as he is known to fans, a “cornball brother.” Parker continued, saying:

“I’ve talked to some people in Washington, D.C. Some people in [Griffin's] press conferences. Some people I’ve known for a long time. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is … is he a ‘brother,’ or is he a cornball ‘brother?’ He’s not really … he’s black, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the guy you’d want to hang out with. I just want to find out about him. I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things. He has a white fiancé,

Rob Parker may’ve made things worse for himself with comments he made on Sunday when he spoke with  WDIV-TV’s  Devin Scillian.

Parker said he was ‘shocked’ that his ‘cornball’ comments were taken out of context.

“It was never to condemn the young man,” Parker told Scillian. “RGIII is a great young man with  a bright future. It was more about concerns not condemning.”

Parker continued:

“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”


33 Responses to It’s Official: Rob Parker Dropped From ESPN Over His RG3 Comments

  1. rachelj

    January 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    He should not been fired , he was just telling the truth . Every time black man atheles make it big they are no longer black . OJ, Odom, Kobe, Woods, etc…they marrry white, they never co sign on black issues, they make statements like RG3 ” oh im not black Im american….oh wait till you get arrested , then you ll see, what you really are. lol …they kill me look at Micheal Jackson for long time didn t matter if your black or white even made a song about it …until white man almost hung him for some crap than all of sudden he relised oh it doems matter. Sadly all that stress end up killing him. Same keeps happening to other black male celebs who make it big…but no longer know where they come from …They think they are too good for black community so , now they aracial…So I believe this is what commentator was trying to communicate and he is right for telling truth …you should never be punished. Even if truth hurts.

  2. Michael

    January 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Rob Parker was simply stating that RGIII has a spactacular ignorance about race in this country – and he does! I get sick and tired of black people in general and black athletes in particular attempting desperately to divorce themselves from being who they are – BLACK. The reality is simply this – it doesn’t matter what you call yourself (i.e. Calbanasian) or how you wish to be perceived in America if you are black then there is no escaping that reality. This doesn’t mean you have to act a certain way because how you act, talk, walk, speak, dress or even who you marry will never change the fact that you are BLACK. Race matters in America and black life and black people are simply valued less than whites. Not one of us can run away from this no matter how much we try.That’s all Parker was trying to say!Rather than getting rid of the messenger they should give him a public forum to further discuss this taboo subject! Thanks Rob!

  3. rosemary davis

    January 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Yep another Negro who has put his foot in his big mouth he should have realize that what he said wheather it was taken out of context or not will more or less always be the case people hear and read things from diffrent view points and it’s not a racist thing there have been many whites who have lost their jobs for their uncanning comments my motto is too choose your words wisely always think before you speak

  4. Melvin Lars

    January 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I am simply blown away with irrational reasoning by those in power positions…; Our President can be besmerched and disrespected by the media and God knows who else and it’s called freedom of speech.

    Maybe I took too many blows to the head as an athlete, but our selective reasoning to become angry and appalled because some one expressed an “opinion” is mind boggling. The reporter did not lie, he would be known as or referred to as a “cornball” brother in some communities.

  5. Latrice

    January 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I thought he was just saying that he felt RGIII was turning his back on his black people. Am I wrong? For the record there is no such thing as ‘acting black’. IMO

  6. Larry Ford

    January 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I am sorry, but the guy only said what we say to each other, he was just inquiring as to what type of consciences the young had, a white acculturated consciences are one that understands the black experiences and wants to use his position to advance the causes of black people , Jim Brown has for use called O.J. Simpson a cornbread brother. But once those white folks tried to

  7. Onesilverbac

    January 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Great! If he was not fired I would really be ticked!

    I keep saying we have as many and are as racist as whites, we just won’t admit it, this clown just put it out on national TV so everyone can see for them selves.