In this morning’s airing of ESPN’s First Take, Rob Parker asked the question about Robert Griffin III (RGIII), “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Parker’s remarks stirred a huge uproar among viewers of the show.
Parker, who is an African-American, continued by saying, “He’s not real. Okay, he’s black, he kind of does the 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, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.”
He added, “We all know he has a white fiancee. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican, which, I don’t really care, there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into 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.”
For Rob Parker to bring up race is a huge mistake. It’s a path that has destroyed many people’s career in the public media. If he thinks RGIII is a cornball brother, then what does he think about Seattle Seahawks starting rookie QB Russell Wilson? Vanilla Black?
I highly doubt that ESPN will fire Parker for his remarks because maybe he’s “black”. It seems like it is okay to be black and be racist among other blacks but it is not true for other races. However there is a double standard here. Rush Limbaugh was fired from ESPN for his remark on Donovan McNabb. ESPN should do right and fire Rob Parker for his insensitive remarks concerning RGIII.
UPDATE: ESPN has suspended Rob Parker. Just as predicted he won’t be fired for his racist derogatory remarks. In the world of ESPN, it is apparent, that if you are white and make racist remarks on a black athlete, you will be let go. However, if it was a black commentator making the same remark to another black athlete, he will still have his job.
In a response to his remarks on the show, Parker took to twitter and called his critics “typical and uneducated” and “silly”. Below is a screenshot of his tweets.