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Rob Parker: ESPN knew about "cornball" statement

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07:39 PM ET 01.07 | Rob Parker's suspension for his idiotic comments about Robert Griffin III's status as a black man is about to come to an end. So naturally, Parker went on a community access show in Detroit to try to screw it all up. Appearing on FlashPoint in Detroit, Parker sort of apologizes for his comments, but mainly puts his foot in his mouth and blames First Take producers. Among the highlights of the interview, Parker said that despite ESPN's shock, First Take producers knew what he was going to say about Robert Griffin III and allowed him to proceed anyway. Parker also backed off his apology in a sense, saying that he never claimed he thought RGIII was a "cornball brother," he was simply raising the question, which therefore means he shouldn't have received the backlash that he got from every human being on the planet.

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January 7, 2013  10:10 PM ET

He shouldn't have been suspended. He should have been fired.

As would most commentators had they made the same exact statement.

January 7, 2013  10:48 PM ET

He should know better than that!!!

January 7, 2013  11:33 PM ET

Sure... wait until the suspension ends to throw your employer under the bus. I realize he was probably only answering a question, but he ought to consider just keeping quiet about the the issue from this point on.

January 8, 2013  01:32 AM ET

parker never seemed like the brightest bulb anyhow....

Gotta say though, WOW can RG3 play!

This east coast bias really screws us out West of watching some really good players....his Monday Nighter didn't do much to impress me and I was with family for Thanksgiving.
Even hampered by that injury, he's very fun to watch and I hope he heals quickly, and correctly.
Having had one of those surgeries myself I can't imagine what a competitor like RG3 is gonna do with his free time....probably republican stuff eh robbie?!

January 8, 2013  01:39 AM ET

Parker, congratulations on writing the award winning paper, not!

January 8, 2013  06:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He shouldn't have been suspended. He should have been fired.As would most commentators had they made the same exact statement.

If I (as a white male) had made the comments, not only would I have been fired, I would now require police protection due to the multiple death threats received.

January 8, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If I (as a white male) had made the comments, not only would I have been fired, I would now require police protection due to the multiple death threats received.

Your dumb **** says stuff like this every day.... Only from the safety of your computer, though.

January 8, 2013  08:16 AM ET

He said that crap in the first place to stir up controversy and grab attention. Is anybody seriously surprised he's trying to stir things up again now that the attention has died down?

January 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Even hampered by that injury, he's very fun to watch and I hope he heals quickly, and correctly.

This.

Adrian Peterson. Wes Welker. There is precedent for a full recovery next season.

Every real football fan is with you, RG-III.

January 8, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If I (as a white male) had made the comments, not only would I have been fired, I would now require police protection due to the multiple death threats received.

Yeah right..happens all the time on these political news shows...its funny to see that you think Blacks get some kind of preferential treatment, as a Black man I sure could use some of that treatment in my life. Smh..

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January 8, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Being a cornball brother himself, he knows ESPN is too Chicken **** to outright fire him, so naturally he really doesn't have to apologize for anything, which he didn't do. ESPN doesn't care. As long as he kicks around a few words that sounds like a half attempt at an apology, they are satisfied. ESPN doesn't quite know how to deal with this awkward Black on Black warfare, and they don't appear to really want to be bothered with it.

Stirring up crap like this is the reason ESPN hired him in the first place. They're hypocrites for suspending him.

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January 8, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Initially, ESPN was not going to suspend him at all. They waited a day for reaction first. When it came back overwhelmingly negative they suddenly did an about face and pretended to act responsible by reprimanding him. It's all a game

Yup, they even let the segment re-air without cutting the comments. This is what they want from their "talent."

January 8, 2013  11:25 AM ET

Well, if the first comments did not get him fired, then throwing your boss under the bus is not the way to try and keep ones job. Calling him a moron would be insulting morons. Parker is everything wrong with the "press" these days, no integrity, no honor, just out to be shocking and edgey. Too bad we as a society encourage it.

January 8, 2013  12:53 PM ET

Rush Limbaugh got fired for saying something a lot less offensive than what Parker said.

(What Limbaugh said was also true, to boot)

January 8, 2013  03:28 PM ET

Bleh. He's lucky he wasn't a white reporter. Not only would he have been fired but he would have had to have a sit down meeting with Al Sharpton, speak in front of a black church, and publicly apologize to the NAACP.

January 8, 2013  04:33 PM ET

I wish all these white, black and whatever agitators would just go away and let the rest of us live in harmony....

January 8, 2013  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Your dumb **** says stuff like this every day.... Only from the safety of your computer, though.

I'm more than happy to meet you face-to-face and discuss this any time you like.

 
January 8, 2013  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Rush Limbaugh got fired for saying something a lot less offensive than what Parker said.(What Limbaugh said was also true, to boot)

Isn't everything that Rush Limbaugh says offensive?

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