An African-American ESPN2 contributor, Rob Parker, stepped in it Thursday when he called Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III “kind of black,” and said of the athlete, “He’s not one of us.”

The comments were made by columnist Rob Parker, who was appearing on the morning show “First Take.”

Griffin said in an interview published this week by USA Today that he didn’t want to be defined by the color of his skin. In discussing the issue of Griffin and race on ESPN2, Parker began by asking of Griffin: “Is he a brother or a cornball brother?”

When asked by others discussing the issue to explain, he went on to say: “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 really want to hang out with…”

Parker later said: “We all know he has a white fiancée, then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information at all…”

Parker’s comments caused an immediately backlash around DC, even prompting councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry to speak out.

“I thought that we in the black community had gotten past that who’s black enough, who’s not black,” Barry told ABC7. “I thought that era was over with.”

“He’s an outstanding athlete,” Barry added later. “And it’s appalling that you have other black people talking like that.”

On Twitter Wednesday, Parker fired back at critics of his comments, and also received some support.

Meanwhile David Scott with ESPN public relations sent ABC7 a tweet that said: “The comments were inappropriate and we are evaluating our next steps.”

Parker’s comments come about a day after Griffin told USA Today’s Jim Corbett that he doesn’t want to be defined by the color of his skin.

“I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that,” Griffin told USA Today. “You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality.”

“I’m uncomfortable with where we just went,” Stephen A. Smith, the often outspoken co-host of “First Take,” said after a long hesitation following Parker’s comments. “It’s irrelevant; he can live his life any way he chooses. I don’t judge someone’s blackness based on those types of things.”

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10 thoughts on “VIDEO: Rob Parker: RG3 is Only ‘Kind of Black, Not One of Us’

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  2. Isn’t he saying what everyone else is thinking? As long as this Negro is winning games and doing good for DC, the black defenders of all things inclusive except anything that benefit their own unlike other races will poo poo this as ignorant. Don’t expect this Negro to donate to inner city schools or NAACP causes because he can’t relate. Simply because someone is your color doesn’t mean they are your kind….ask OJ, Clarence Thomas and Allen West.

  3. I agree with MR. Parker! if your black and voted for Romney,,,,,,your not down with the cause!!! It’s okay for black people to judge black people! look at what TMZ says about Lindsay Lohan. I love black women too much to let RG3 ruin his role in dc as role model. “when i grow up im going to college, marrying a white girl and voting republican #notMLKsDream

  4. I know some of you are too busy calling this man names ,he has a point and well receive from people who know exactly what he’s saying is he Black enough who knows ,ask OJ when I heard Republicans praising him there’s something wrong. All I say is don’t be so whitewash or should i say be tv correct to consider a different opinon.ESPN isn’t some kind of Morality Saints.Look who talking!

  5. Ty Harper on said:

    I was watching First Take when this happened and like Stephen A. Smith I was uncomfortable with Parker’s comment. RGIII is a brother who doesn’t want anyone to define him or label him in any way shape or form, and I can respect that. Parker needs to evolve and expect Griffin and those like him.

  6. Cocoapuffs on said:

    Who really cares! We (black people) still calling each other the Nword everyday and we want to talk about whay he said. Sweap around your own front door. Change begins with you. Furthermore, I am so tired of media finding, yes, finding black public figures and asking them what yheu think about something totally unrelated or out of their field (no offense Ms. Barry). You know she is going to be appalled and shocked, because she is a politician and sants to stay that way. I do not condone what he said, he clearly put his foot in his mouth, but we all know prejudice, racism, bigotry, & sterotyping are not going anywhere and we are all the problem!

  7. Narrow minded retard! Why do some of us feel the need to slam other black people who are doing their thing and doing it well? I will never understand it. Haters!

  8. Juanita on said:

    I don’t usually respond to foolishness like this, but for this clown, I make the exception. Why are we busy trying to determine who is and who isn’t “this, that and the other”? RG3 is kind of black, not one of us? REALLY? Race is a huge issue in our nation, and there is a need for genuine conversation about inclusion for all. However this backward thinking simply keeps us from focusing on what is real. As a black woman, I can’t even appreciate his different opinion. He’s a clown and should be treated as such, Rob Parker is whom I refer to as a clown.

  9. When Huggy made him the bama of the week, week, week ya had to know thinds were going to go good. He has been suspended from ESPN pending them looking into the issue further. Rob is from Detroit and used to work with the local sports media (still does sometimes) and he is known for making outrageous statements, so people from the D aren’t surprised by this. I wonder how much of this has to do with the producers of the show wanting him to say crazy things for viewers/rating and maybe he just took it too far. Its crazy!!! He will never learn!!!

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