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ESPN parts ways with Rob Parker after his comments on RG3

By Houston Mitchell

Los Angeles Times

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LAST UPDATED: 08:05 a.m. HST, Jan 09, 2013



ESPN announced Tuesday it has not renewed the contract of Rob Parker, the ESPN commentator who was suspended for 30 days late last year for his racially charged comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Mike Soltys, 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."

Appearing on the show "First Take" in DeHember, Parker asked whether Griffin "was a brother or a cornball brother.... he’s black, he kind of does his thing. 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 the guy you’d really want to hang out with because he’s off to do something else.”

ESPN announced an indefinite suspension the following day and, after a review of the matter, later announced Parker would be suspended for 30 days.

Parker had no immediate comment, but he defended himself in an interview not long ago.

"I wasn't saying that he wasn't black enough," Parker said. "When people say that, it's just not true. I was saying these are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away.  So it was never aimed at him or I was calling him that, I'm saying these are the conversations that take place."

Watch the video of the original comments above and judge for yourself.







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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
As someone who watched First Take daily for a period of time, i knew the debate potential between Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. Smith bringing up the feeling at the end of the You Tube video above, that he did not see eye to eye with Rob Parker's comments was a big moment. I think that even though Skip and Stephen A. go at it, so to speak, those two never have brought up divisive comments nearly as inflammatory that Rob brought up. In fact i was completely surprised by Rob's comments, which were along the same light as the headline about Jeremy Lin that got another ESPN staffer fired.
on January 9,2013 | 07:33AM
serious wrote:
Remember when Rush got kicked off Monday Night Football when he mentioned that one of the QB's was getting the publicity because he was black? It is and was a true statement.
on January 9,2013 | 07:40AM
hawaiikone wrote:
I supported that decision. Rush says some good things, and some bad things. To do so on a shock style radio show is one thing, but to do it on national tv is simply unacceptable. Colorblindness has to be our collective goal, as well as not teaching our prejudices to our children.
on January 9,2013 | 09:00AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Same with Howard Cosell and Jimmy the Greek and even Brent Musburger. No one is a saint, and every time i see Musburger on ESPN, i wonder sometimes.
on January 9,2013 | 05:37PM
Your_Agonizer_Please wrote:
Was Limbaugh's put-down of Donovan McNabb "true" or was it just a knowingly inflammatory statement made by one person who thought he could get away with it? Just because racists agree with something doesn't make something true.
on January 10,2013 | 08:07AM
bumby2day wrote:
No picture of Rob Parker?
on January 9,2013 | 07:40AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u neva see him on ESPN?
on January 9,2013 | 05:29PM
honopic wrote:
It's right there on the video!
on January 10,2013 | 12:13PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good decision by ESPN.
on January 9,2013 | 07:46AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Thy words can condemn thee?
on January 9,2013 | 07:46AM
HD36 wrote:
You could say the same thing about Obama.
on January 9,2013 | 08:03AM
hawaiikone wrote:
I do not like Obama's politics, and truly think his agenda is wrong for our country. But it has never been about his color. And his popularity among black voters is on them, not him. I cannot recall him soliciting the black vote independent of the general vote, although many of his supporters have done so, which also remains on them.
on January 9,2013 | 09:06AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Obama seemed to have gone for the Hispanic voters, some of them just getting into this country. The Black vote is a given, as i think 90% of blacks vote for Barry. Just too bad his grandma did not live to see him win his first term. It is just that Obama got all the stars aligned right during both his first and second term campaigns, especially in October. If Ronald Reagan challenged Obama, Reagan may just win in a landslide again as in 1984, although Obama is much more charismatic than Mondale. Charisma wins unfortunately and Romney, whose name was Mitt instead of Milt, i guess "did not have it".
on January 9,2013 | 05:35PM
honopic wrote:
You "think" 90% of blacks vote for President Obama? Again, where do you get your statistics? Make them up out of your head, like the ones about uninsured drivers?
on January 10,2013 | 12:15PM
lee1957 wrote:
YOu should google obama campaign ads for blacks. And I say that without being judgemental, but he did target ads to that demographic.
on January 9,2013 | 06:04PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Other than the "African Americans for Obama", add, in which he did target blacks himself, the rest seem to be more the work of his campaign people than Obama himself. Which still falls on him though. Overall, he could have done a lot more though.
on January 9,2013 | 07:35PM
primo1 wrote:
So if he's "kind of black" does that mean he's more on the gray side?
on January 9,2013 | 08:50AM
kainalu wrote:
Stephen A: "First of all let me just say, I'm uncomfortable with where we just went". ... that just about covers it.
on January 9,2013 | 12:11PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Rob should take Skip Bayless with him. That guy is lolo.
on January 9,2013 | 01:45PM
koolau wrote:
...........and blacks wonder why prejudice still exists? It even exists among themselves.....it's the a'ama syndrome (what color is the a'ama?) Golly, if one prefers to isolate themselves from others it leavse others to form their own suspicions. Why do they condemn others because they refuse to be pigeon holed and not become part of an insiders club. To describe Tiger, RG3, Clarence Thomas and many, many others as "not as black enough" should be insulting to all who prefer to all.
on January 10,2013 | 04:05AM
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