Rob Parker only opens his mouth to change feet.

Parker is a knucklehead sports analyst who deserves to be suspended from ESPN after his ignorant racial comments about Robert Griffin III, the prolific rookie quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

Parker was suspended by ESPN last week after creating a firestorm of controversy  when he questioned whether Griffin, who is black, was a “real” African American.

“Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Parker, who is also black, asked during an on-air broadcast on ESPN’s First Take sports program.

“He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause,” Parker said. “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.”

“We all know he has a white fiancée,” Parker added. “There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican … Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black.’ ”

Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, said he was “baffled” by Parker’s comments and would not say much more even though the overwhelming number of social media followers are clearly angry at Parker .

Griffin’s father isn’t alone. I’m baffled by Parker’s remarks, too.

Who is Parker to question RGIII’s blackness? And why should it matter? Parker should apologize to Griffin immediately instead of defending his ridiculous remarks.

RGIII is one of the most grounded, intelligent and thoughtful players in the NFL. He loves his family, he has a strong work ethic, and he’s a role model for all young people – and especially children of color.

The general manager of the Redskins said the team didn’t just acquire a great NFL quarterback – he also said the Redskins also hired an outstanding human being.

So what’s not black about RGIII? I don’t get it.

Parker is long on silly rhetoric and short on facts. He’s the worst kind of journalist who throws around bogus information and slandering a good young man. He claims there’s “talk” about RGIII being a “Republican?” Says who? Where did he get that information? Who are his sources? Or did he just make it up?

I can’t believe a word Parker says. And now I’m questioning Parker’s status as an African American man. What kind of “brother” would attack another black young man in this manner? What kind of black man would try to humiliate such a sharp, young black quarterback who is on his way to a stellar NFL career?

At 22 years old, Griffin is already being considered for the NFL’s Rookie of The Year. He is leading the NFL in both completion percentage (70.4) and yards per attempt (8.5), while also rushing for about 500 yards and six touchdowns. He has thrown seven touchdowns against just three interceptions for a passer rating of 101.8 — third best in the NFL.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time that Parker has been reprimanded for saying something stupid. It’s almost becoming a pattern.

In 2009, Parker resigned from the Detroit News as a sports columnist after asking Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli at a postgame news conference whether he wished his daughter had married “a better defensive coordinator.”

Parker is in hot water again –and this time his suspension by ESPN could easily turn into a permanent arrangement.

“Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. “We are conducting a full review.”

But Parker seems confident that he will not be disciplined any further.

“When a Twitter user joked by wishing Parker ‘good luck’ in his ‘next line of work,’ Parker responded with arrogance: “Watch me on First Take tomorrow.”

Parker has a self-inflated view of himself and he’s obviously learned nothing from his past mistakes, which is why he’s watching television this week instead of appearing on it.

Also On Black America Web:

6 thoughts on “Rob Parker’s Rhetoric Becoming a Pattern

  1. john petty on said:

    This is so sad, this another instance of black on black crime! This is what we have to deal with a black man has a promising career and is doing something positive on and off the but here goes another black man trying to bring him down with this foolishness. Who cares who RG3 is engaged to or who he hangs out with i could care less and think many other people feel the same. As long as he is a positive spirit to someone thats all that matters and Rob needs to apologize.

  2. 06050412 on said:

    Rob Parker is only voicing what folks are talking about around the dinner table, at the bar, at the barbershops and beauty salons around the country. The problem is, some want to get on their high horse and act like it shouldn’t matter, but it obviously does. Race and “who you with” is relevant in these United States. Stop tyring to cover it up. Stop acting like racism doesn’t exist. Rob Parker is playing the card he was dealt just like any other Black person in this country.

  3. Come to think about it, Parker was ASKED the question something about what kind of brother is RG3 or whatever. Seems like maybe ESPN wanted him to say something crazy if they asked him the question that gave him the avenue. maybe they either didn’t figure he would say something so crazy or maybe behind closed doors they are OK with it but just suspended him because of the negative press. They may wait until it blows over and them reinstate him like nothing every happened. I would be SHOCKED if they fired him because of this.

  4. I wrote this before, people that live in Detroit are NOT surprised by this. Rob has been saying crazy stuff his entire career of covering local Detroit sports. He has a history with this kind of thing. Not sure how he got a gig with ESPN, but I think his employment with them probably shows how much networks want personalities that say crazy things (within reason and not too crazy) to get people talking and get ratings. It will be interesting to see what the end result of this “suspension” is. The end result will speak volumes of what the network things of Parker and his “kind”. Most people in Detroit don’t like him. He is known for playing the race card a lot too.

Add Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s