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ESPN parts ways with talk show pundit Rob ParkerMichael Hiestand, USA TODAY Sports4:14p.m. EST January 8, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III(Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

Story HighlightsESPN notes Rob Parker's RGIII comments in saying he won't be re-signedRob Parker, already suspended, is out at ESPN'First Take' pundit made controversial comments about race

TV pundit Rob Parker, after making controversial comments on race in relation to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, is gone from ESPN.

Parker, who is African American, made those comments on the morning talk show First Take, about Griffin, who is also African American, possibly being a "cornball brother" who is " not really down with the cause."

Says ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys, in a statement: "Rob Parker's contract expired at year's end. Evaluating his work and our needs, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal."

ESPN had no further comment.

Parker, who had already been suspended for 30 days, suggests in this interview with a Detroit TV station that in an ESPN First Take production meeting his basic points about Griffin were understood to be the "way they were going" on the show and his comments weren't just "off-the-cuff."

About the Author Michael Hiestand

Michael Hiestand is a sports media columnist for USA TODAY. He's also written USA TODAY columns and features on the business side of sports. He's reported extensively abroad, including trips to Japan, Greece, Norway and Italy -- to write about local Olympic preparations before the Games themselves -- and lived in Australia for most of 2000. Previous to joining USA TODAY, Hiestand worked at Adweek and Newsweek magazines, wrote a book on marketing and graduated from Stanford.

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Rob Parker, the commentator who created controversy when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a “cornball brother” because he has a white fiancee, has been fired by ESPN.

“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew,” an ESPN spokesman said in a written statement.

ESPN can spin this as simply a decision not to renew his contract, rather than a firing, but the reality is that ESPN specifically stated on December 20 that Parker had been suspended for 30 days, and as of December 20, ESPN was expecting Parker back at the end of his 30-day suspension. (He made the comments on December 13, so a 30-day suspension from that date would have ended on January 12.)

So why did Parker’s discipline change from a 30-day suspension to termination? ESPN isn’t saying, but it may be that the network was unhappy with a recent interview Parker gave in which he said that ESPN knew what he was going to say on the air before he said it. In that interview, Parker also seemed to backtrack on his previous apology, complaining that people took his “cornball brother” statement out of context.

Parker has long been known for drawing attention to himself by stirring up controversy, and it’s unsurprising that he eventually took it too far and got himself fired. But ESPN is hardly blameless in all this: Parker made his comments on ESPN First Take, a show that celebrates provocation, and at first ESPN’s producers were so pleased with Parker’s comments about Griffin that the network re-aired the comments on Best of First Take. It was only later, after ESPN was criticized for airing the comments, that the network apologized.

And now, much later, ESPN has finally done what many viewers said it should have done from the beginning, and fired Parker.

Permalink 191 Comments Latest Stories in: Rumor Mill, Top Stories, Washington Redskins Tweet Email Previous: Eagles will interview Lovie SmithNext: PFT Live 1/8: Bob Glauber191 Responses to “ESPN fires Rob Parker” eagles92 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:58 PM

Thank you ESPN …

tlmoon2112 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:58 PM

bout damned time, jiminy crickets!!

jimiinpa says: Jan 8, 2013 2:59 PM

about time

daysend564 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:59 PM

He was fired because he kept trying to justify it. Just a couple days ago, he was saying that what he said was fine, just taken out of context.

Had he kept his mouth shut, he’d still be part of the network.

wipackman1265 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:59 PM

See ya. ” Cornball Brotha “. Idiot. !!!!

donkeykong2011 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:59 PM

Shocked! I am shocked!

blacknole08 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:01 PM

Good riddance, jerk. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out. You won’t be missed!

thetooloftools says: Jan 8, 2013 3:01 PM

Bout time !

jetsclaps says: Jan 8, 2013 3:01 PM

Good riddance

jobotjones says: Jan 8, 2013 3:02 PM

Good!

tjh9985 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:02 PM

When keepin’ it real goes wrong….

NoobTubeTV says: Jan 8, 2013 3:02 PM

ESPN is garbage. I heard it through a source.

xsfmed says: Jan 8, 2013 3:03 PM

They should fire Skip Bayless, Stephen A Smith and then burn down the First Take set too.

keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 8, 2013 3:03 PM

cannot believe it took them that long to do it .. that just means that they didn’t want to. only cause he mouthed off some more after his ‘apology’ was espn forced not to bring him back.

nflfan1 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:03 PM

Finally, ESPN does something right in this case. You sir, will NOT be missed.

dsjcn3 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

What the heck took so long

dsjcn3 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Shouldve been the first move instead of a joke suspension

ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Somewhere, Jimmy the Greek is smiling…

rickastleydancemoves says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Because middle-aged white conservatives that listen to and agree with Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter daily were sooo offended.

snap0179 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

6 weeks too late

dcfan4life says: Jan 8, 2013 3:05 PM

Good firing. Now just get rid of Skip Bayless, Stephen A Smith, the entire embrace debate crap, replace it with some quality programming like Around the Horn and PTI and ESPN will have purged themselves of all the evil that has engulfed their programming. Wow i must be dreaming to think any of thats going to happen…

karlton3 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:05 PM

Fired like a Brotha who is down with the cause!

randallflagg52 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:05 PM

Now they just need to fire Skip Bayless and ESPN will become almost watchable.

dlions18 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:06 PM

I’d rather be a cornball the unemployed.

RG3

omniscient48 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

Long overdue.
Better late than never.
etc.

13forgbp says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

ESPN still blows. I can’t stand that network. They still have Skip Bayless so they get no props from me.

easyrider1903 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

Next should be Ed Werder!

xsfmed says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

Man, I bet “logicalvoices” aka Skip Bayless is bummed!

spoilerfutbol says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

Please, Eric Mangini has to be the next……..

stillers7 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:08 PM

Good start … how about Berman and Bayless next.

Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 8, 2013 3:08 PM

Lomas is next, Stuart Scott , skip Bayless , and Stephen A to follow. Haven’t watched any espn since Parker stepped on his junk on air. Can some more of the idiots and then maybe I ll ….no I won’t.

citizenstrange says: Jan 8, 2013 3:09 PM

The arc that is Rob Parker’s life has peaked.

49erdynasty says: Jan 8, 2013 3:09 PM

Rob Parker insists that the firing was taken out of context.

geniusesq says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

There is a God.

brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Racism goes both ways, Mr. Parker.

We’re all humans.

steelerben says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Does this mean that they are done milking this story for publicity or do you think that Parker makes one last ditch effort to block his termination via litigation?

patfic15 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Somewhere Rush is laughing.

SparkyGump says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Until they fire Skip Bayless, ESPN is just a collection of hypocrites.

nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

What can you learn from this Robert?

csilojohnson says: Jan 8, 2013 3:11 PM

ESPN is just a responsible for his comments as he is. They re aired it.
Swaying to the breeze of the masses.

juliodamfoolio says: Jan 8, 2013 3:11 PM

Yeah, a little too late there ESPN. You obviously thought long and hard about whether to do it or not, should have been an instant decision.

That’s why you still suck (among other reasons).

newkirk850 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:11 PM

He couldn’t keep his trap shut. This should have already happened. See ya cornball brother, you will NOT be missed!

FinFan68 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:11 PM

Good, now fire the idiots that produced and re-aired that garbage. ESPN should return to being a sports channel instead of catering to the reality tv and gossip crowd.

jhein23 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:12 PM

Fire Skip Bayless next please

udontknowjacku says: Jan 8, 2013 3:12 PM

Very NICE!!!! were to now? ESPN is the bottom of the barrel !!!! couldnt have happened to a better guy….

skoobyfl says: Jan 8, 2013 3:12 PM

They corn-rolled him.

timbuttrum says: Jan 8, 2013 3:12 PM

Cowherd next please

blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 8, 2013 3:13 PM

Maybe like Kieth Olberman he’ll move from sports to news reporting, where he can espouse his viewpoint without criticism

packerbackernj says: Jan 8, 2013 3:13 PM

Fact, rather. PS, Warren Moon definately thinks rob parker being fired is because espn is racist. Drew brees wants an explaination.

bennyb82 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:13 PM

What is more disturbing than what he said is that he actually believes what he said…

irishphilly87 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:14 PM

Hes a jabroni

thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2013 3:14 PM

I’d like to hear more details on the possibility that ESPN shows are scripted and possibly collaborations and not original and sincere opinions of the people providing them. Interesting.

everythingsab says: Jan 8, 2013 3:14 PM

and yet Skip Bayless continues to work….

tcmiller30 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:14 PM

About 30 days too late, but hopefully this is the last we have to hear about this guy.

paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

As many others say, it is about time…it shouldn’t of taken this long… Good luck to Rob Parker finding another job in a similar field ! It has to be tough after showing such an incredible lack of judgement !

packownsu says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

“Parker has long been known for drawing attention to himself by stirring up controversy”

I guess he won’t need Mike Florio as a mentor anymore.

countduku says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

Good move by ESPN. Your too good for this guy.

khennigan says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

Well done! My ESPN boycott was getting tough, but I was budging till this fool was shown the door.

texanfan62 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

ESPN= Excessively Stupid People Network

packattack1967 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

I only watch espn when I absolutely have no choice. Please fox, get your sports station up and running.

dabearsk says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

Like Clint Eastwood says “a man has got to know his limitations” as well as when to shut up. . and stop trying to defend the indefensible. What a moron!

weepingjebus says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

He was truly the Mark Twain of his generation.

phelbin says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

Racism out of context = still racism.

macneil4025 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

Maybe him and Sean Salisbury could start a show?

tincansailor981 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

Good. Now do a total house cleaning and get rid of: Stephen A, Skip Bayless, Berhman, and Stuart Scott. That would be a good start.

imodan says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

Used to be a big fan of First Take but since it went to the current format of hollering and screaming I haven’t watched a minute. Put Skip and Steven A in a locked room and let’s all pray neither comes out.

coltzfan166 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

He didn’t get fired. He just didn’t get re-signed. Duhhhh

bartlettruss says: Jan 8, 2013 3:18 PM

They suspended him for 30 days because that’s how much time he had left on his contract. After that they could simply say they chose not to renew. If they had fired him outright he would have had a court case for wrongful termination because they evidently approved the gist of what he said beforehand.

At least he’s gone though… thank God.

I wonder what he’ll do next…

caseyinkc says: Jan 8, 2013 3:19 PM

Took ya long enough ESPN

tigers182 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:19 PM

He should have been fired for being a terrible commentator.

sewalters79 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:19 PM

Maybe he can get a job at MSNBC covering sports. I’m sure his views will fit right in.

purplemary54 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:20 PM

You know, First Take used to be kind of a fun show, back when it was Jay and Dana doing interviews and silly stunts, with small doses of Skip Bayless arguing with whoever interspersed. But then they reformatted the show, forced out Jay and Dana (and forced Dana out, period), and made it all about Skip yelling inanities at people. Rob Parker is just a symptom of this stupid mentality. He’ll get a job with Fox, or one of the new channels popping up, and keep saying the same stupid stuff. It still won’t matter.

ravenator says: Jan 8, 2013 3:21 PM

This is so awesome. You completely deserve this Parker. Cheers!

mcconnellrules says: Jan 8, 2013 3:21 PM

ESPN is equally responsible. They put it on twice that day and even the “best of” first take.

Clowns

boondocksaint7 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:21 PM

Amazing ESPN/TMZ took this long to make this decision.

pnut87 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:21 PM

ESPN just got ever so slightly less full of themselves…

ctiggs says: Jan 8, 2013 3:23 PM

as a black man with a white gf……. thank you espn.

superschrec says: Jan 8, 2013 3:23 PM

But Stephen A. Smith can drop the most racial of remarks and no discipline?
No wonder i dont watch ESPN anymore.

crookedstick says: Jan 8, 2013 3:24 PM

Downside…more air time for Stephen A. Smith.

Perhaps a three-in-all special-fire Parker, Bayless, and Smith together.

steelers88 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:24 PM

Finally! ESPN did something right!

godofwine330 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:25 PM

Good, but ESPN’s whole business strategy revolves around people like this. People who purposly make inflamatory comments for shock value. For years I have compared it to E! Sports Edition rather than the sports news show it used to be. All of the created rivalries and all. If not for Monday Night Football I wouldn’t watch the network at all. Good riddance, Rob Parker.

SeenThisB4 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:26 PM

He’ll end up partnered with Costas on NBC.

stigman2012 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

Don’t get too excited…I’m sure Parker will explain to us that we are taking ESPN’s comments out of context.

wallacejay says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

Hey Rob, looks like your suspension was taken out of context too.

southpaw2k says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

Hopefully he won’t qualify for unemployment and no one will consider hiring him now that’s he is a freelancer.

ravenator says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

He needs to change his twitter account now. What a moron.

bishopdon says: Jan 8, 2013 3:28 PM

Another black man thrown under the bus so the real culprit(Skip Bayless) can get away with his race baiting while his flunky(Steven A. Smith) can shine for the audience.. That show is a microcosm of America today.. I will not watch again..

tharoostah says: Jan 8, 2013 3:28 PM

ESPN is just worthless. You would think some of the other stations would get a clue and learn how to compete with them. NFL network is good but it’s NFL only and if you want to see a little of everything else you have to go elsewhere. How about NBC Sports stops airing bass fishing and finally competes with ESPN?

jp4120 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:29 PM

now they should fire that douchey blowhard Chris Berman because he sucks

raiderrob21 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:29 PM

Honestly never heard of him. Also only tune into BSPN to watch MNF and thats it.

metitometin says: Jan 8, 2013 3:29 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish. He is a disgrace. His opinions about the Patriots were so offensive to me. He always kept bringing up that because the Pats haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate that that invalidates Belichick’s greatness. Yeah, I think 2 Superbowls and 4 playoff appearances tends to invalidate that opinion. Go suck on it Parker!!

fargo49er says: Jan 8, 2013 3:30 PM

Hope he ends up shining shoes in an airport somewhere!

emulex20 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:32 PM

I wonder if ESPN will now bring Jay Mariotti back to replace him

damagecontroller says: Jan 8, 2013 3:33 PM

My only question is…What took so long…?

tonyromohaschildbearinghips says: Jan 8, 2013 3:36 PM

At least he will get unemployment and won’t even have to look for a new job! I guess being “down for the cause” works or him especially well now

swagger91 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:36 PM

Yesssss I benn waitin for this man to be fired rg3 got a beautiful woman a college degree dozens of records a heisman and was a first round pick…being a black young man (21) dats the cause im “down” for…rob parker prolly loves our men who think jail is better than college…who thinks sellin drugs is better working hard to provide for a family. And a barbershop??? Any black man knows dat as fast as they talk about rg3 to rob parker they started talkin about rob parker as soon as he left the shop….thanks for being “real” rob im glad u will never be on my favorite network again

4sacroc says: Jan 8, 2013 3:37 PM

I’m certain The Justice Bros. (Jesse & Al) will be chiming in with their racist BS any second ….

klownboy says: Jan 8, 2013 3:37 PM

Oh they will NEVER fire Skip “Brainless”. I wish they would as well, but they won’t. His stupid arse is what drives that show’s ratings up…

ilovefoolsball says: Jan 8, 2013 3:38 PM

They couldn’t take the heat they were receiving from these comments and he just wasn’t valuable enough for them to stick their neck out any longer for him.

Meanwhile you’ll hear silence and crickets from the likes of Cowherd, VanPelt, Mike & Mike etc.

duncanthecat says: Jan 8, 2013 3:39 PM

It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

ningenito78 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:39 PM

ESPN is spineless. I can’t STAND Parker but he’s always been a race baiting punk. ESPN is just pissed he outed them as knowing what he was going to say. Period.

green41563 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:40 PM

I want to live in a world where even idiots can give an opinion without fear of being fired.

trbowman says: Jan 8, 2013 3:41 PM

Can we fire ESPN?

honkerdawg says: Jan 8, 2013 3:43 PM

ESPN should fire itself for hiring and keeping some of the clowns bit has “reporting” and talking sports. The network is a joke!

drstrangehawk says: Jan 8, 2013 3:45 PM

He just eclipsed the “Classless” mark. Send him packing.

chawk12thman says: Jan 8, 2013 3:47 PM

Not extending his contract was the correct move. Now; let some of the others’ found to be culpable in the handling of this serve a suspension and not have their contracts renewed as well.

fwippel says: Jan 8, 2013 3:47 PM

This is a cop-out. Parker wasn’t fired outright, but rather his contract wasn’t renewed. There is a difference.

If ESPN had any guts they would have fired Parker the same week he made his comments, and been done with him. Instead, ESPN suspends him and then chooses to run out the clock on his contract; the coward’s way out.

bobzilla1001 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:50 PM

What about Lomas Brown?

donkeykong2011 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:52 PM

i love how this thread quickly turned into a “skip bayless sucks” forum. which i happen to agree with.

sdiegosteel says: Jan 8, 2013 3:53 PM

You could form a sports department off of all of ESPN’s fired workers: Parker, Jay Mariotti, Sean Salisbury, Ron Franklin, Harold Reynolds, Steve Phillips, etc.

rcali says: Jan 8, 2013 3:53 PM

Next up, Fox Sports.

cags777 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:57 PM

Good riddance, Mr. Parker. You were privileged to work for an organization many sports fans and writers would dream of and you blew it by backtracking from your apology. If you can’t take this as a humbling experience and continue with the stance that people took your words out of context, perhaps it is time for you to blacklisted (no pun intended) from the world of sports journalism.

pdmjr says: Jan 8, 2013 3:57 PM

He won’t qualify for unemployment, the dismissal was with just cause and it’s on tape

unbreakable02215 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:00 PM

HAHAHAHA. He deserves it. ESPN finally does
something right.

richcranium2112 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:01 PM

Rob was a doofus on the airwaves in Detroit and the story continues…

Past performance is indicative of future behavior.

binkystevens says: Jan 8, 2013 4:02 PM

Good. No room for trash like that on TV

myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 8, 2013 4:05 PM

@bishopdon:

I hope you don’t really believe that. Stephen A. was incredibly the voice of reason in this whole debacle. And if you think Parker was thrown under the bus, you fail to realize/acknowledge/accept that racism works both ways.

13arod says: Jan 8, 2013 4:05 PM

espn has all sorts of problems with there commentatiers

connie73 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:06 PM

About time. I know who he is. Have not watched him for so long. Will not lower myself to watch the idiots at ESPN. I got NBC sports. Three hours every day watching Dan Patrick. Who needs ESPN not me.

edge661 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:08 PM

Now fire skippy da hippie! Only good program out of the 4 letter network is pardon the interruption!! Do rules

jodave5 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:08 PM

Don’t stop there! Please!!!!

rajbais says: Jan 8, 2013 4:08 PM

Sorry, even though I didnt agree with Parker making those comments let’s face it ESPN is making him a scapegoat.

Its producers are also cowards by having him fired while they get to be in hiding from those questioning the show’s motives.

modellforprez says: Jan 8, 2013 4:09 PM

slob parker is a worm anyway. he is a cornball host

lawyermalloy says: Jan 8, 2013 4:14 PM

They’re hiring at Burger King.

huskersrock1 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:14 PM

I tried watching first take yesterday.

Skip Bayless was blaming Dr. Andrews for RGIII’s knee injury because he put the idea in RGIII’s head that the knee wasn’t in perfect condition and he played differently…..

Click

vegaskid21 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:15 PM

Thank you!!! Stephen A Smith needs to be next.

mrlaloosh says: Jan 8, 2013 4:16 PM

Bug bye, loser

howiehandles says: Jan 8, 2013 4:17 PM

“This is a cop-out. Parker wasn’t fired outright, but rather his contract wasn’t renewed. There is a difference.”

Welcome to the corporate world. It’s easier for the employer, and makes them less likely to be sued for:

a. discrimination
b. wrongful termination
c. some other bs

He may not have been fired, but he was shown the door. Same difference.

7ransponder says: Jan 8, 2013 4:19 PM

Drew Brees wants an explanation…. wait a second, where am I?

draculalambert says: Jan 8, 2013 4:20 PM

sweet! Bring back jay Mariotti…

joshhatesthesteelers says: Jan 8, 2013 4:21 PM

I’ll miss the guy

armorgan67 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:21 PM

Its funny people complain about ESPN but they still watch and comment about how bad they are. In terms of daily sports programming they are it. No Fox Sports, CNNSI tried and failed, no yahoo network, NBCSN? They show Dan Patrick and Pro Football Talk and their nightly sports show but that’s it. Face it folks ESPN isn’t going anywhere and no one will seriously challenge them. Parker got fired because he ran his mouth again when he didn’t have to. All he had to was keep his mouth shut until he returned and he would still have a job but he couldn’t help himself and now has to suffer the consequences. SMH!!!

rc33 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:21 PM

Was it a Cornball Cracker that did the firing?

bartlettruss says: Jan 8, 2013 4:22 PM

ESPN reminds me of the movie “Network” where they continually spin off the craziest person into their own show. Let’s face it, they had just promoted this guy to co-anchor of the weekend version of First Take….

ziplock10 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:36 PM

Who?

On what channel?

rascalmanny says: Jan 8, 2013 4:42 PM

I guess it finally reached a point where even BSPN couldn’t cover for that racist.

mn2long says: Jan 8, 2013 4:47 PM

rickastleydancemoves says:

“Because middle-aged white conservatives that listen to and agree with Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter daily were sooo offended.”

No suspension for you. You’re fired immediately

baywolfe says: Jan 8, 2013 4:51 PM

Wow, except for actual live sporting events, does anybody even still watch the other shows on ESPN?

anarchopurplism says: Jan 8, 2013 4:52 PM

Racist dingbat deserved to go from the get-go.

Nice that people are starting to get……there is no such thing as “reverse-racism.” Racism is racism

It’s great when liberals lose to their own game.

crush22 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:57 PM

Enough of the (somewhere) (somebody) is…………
lines.

tuongotsriracha says: Jan 8, 2013 4:58 PM

Good first step. Now fire Bayless, Cowherd, Hoge, McShay, Kiper, Berman, and Jackson. Then MAYBE, just maybe, ESPN will have some integrity.

bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 8, 2013 4:58 PM

They had to make room on the roster for another arrogant, self righteous, on air personality. -Ray Lewis

mungman69 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:02 PM

Good move.

gizzmonic says: Jan 8, 2013 5:03 PM

Dont give him any “pub” by printing his name. Just headline that an ignorant racist nobody became unemployed by makeing remarks offensive to all races colors or creeds.

fwippel says: Jan 8, 2013 5:03 PM

howiehandles says:
Jan 8, 2013 4:17 PM
“This is a cop-out. Parker wasn’t fired outright, but rather his contract wasn’t renewed. There is a difference.”

Welcome to the corporate world. It’s easier for the employer, and makes them less likely to be sued for:

a. discrimination
b. wrongful termination
c. some other bs

He may not have been fired, but he was shown the door. Same difference.

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Actually, no, letting one’s contract expire is NOT the same as firing a person under contract. If you’ve ever worked under contract, you know these are drawn up for a specific period of time, and in many cases (in the real world at least) the contract is set to coincide with the end of the work for which the contracter was hired.

It may not be that way in broadcasting, but if not, that is because of a faulty perception on the part of the contractee.

That said, ESPN was gutless for not firing Parker outright. They choose the coward’s way out.

savojah says: Jan 8, 2013 5:04 PM

When keeping it real goes wrong! Bye bye Parker, my day just gets better.

deeppurple23 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:08 PM

30 days too late

moeman79 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:15 PM

look out the double standards are slowly going away.

eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2013 5:15 PM

ESPN isn’t spinning anything in any direction.

When someone’s contract comes up, you “fire” them by not renewing it.

They suspended him with the intention of renewing his contract after 30 days, and then reversed their decision and let him go, most likely due to his going back on his apology.

What did you want them to do, renew his contract just so they could “actually” fire him?

astiowa says: Jan 8, 2013 5:18 PM

Its about time. Rob should never have been hired. How does ESPN hire someone who had zero credibility in his home market? As a columnist for the Detroit Free Press he got caught making up a story about Kirk Cousins getting in a fight with teammates (I believe supposedly over race). Too bad for Rob when all this supposedly happened Cousins was IN CHURCH with a couple hundred witnesses. Rob Parker – Zero Class, Zero Credibility, and now Zero Income.

melikefootball says: Jan 8, 2013 5:24 PM

Nice finally to see ESPN sees the racist aren’t always on the white side. To bad they don’t look into the entire show FIRST TAKE.

smupreacher says: Jan 8, 2013 5:38 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish…

mogogo1 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:44 PM

“…complaining that people took his “cornball brother” statement out of context.”
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Here’s a fun party game: Come up with a context where calling somebody that WON’T get you fired.

If Parker happened to be a caucasian, he’d have been escorted straight from the studio to the street after saying that.

cliffordc05 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:48 PM

Not much to add…….over 150 comments and not a single one that supports Parker. The only real question is what was ESPN thinking when they hired this idiot.

qwerty007qwerty007 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:51 PM

I would move Jemele Hill to the front of the line for ‘contract not renewed’.

She has got to go…

Ann Sheridan Fan Club says: Jan 8, 2013 6:04 PM

Great. Finally. Now if we could just get him off of Detroit TV doing sports on the weekends. What a train wreck.

kingdm8 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:11 PM

I will only watch ESPN again if they put Troy Aikman on First Take so we can have a Jim Everett on Jim Rome style beatdown.

bengalskuta82 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:19 PM

Thanks ESPN..Finally you fired a guy that has a brain that is outdated..He talks like he really misses the 18th Century

toewsingkaner says: Jan 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Some other network looking for a cheap ratings bump will probably hire this tool. These “commentators” don’t go away, they just get recycled to other networks.

goldrush4949 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:36 PM

yippee!

brinkerj says: Jan 8, 2013 6:37 PM

Now for Jamele Hill

tdk24 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:38 PM

Now if they would be consistent and fire Ed Werder for his Andy Reid fat joke he made on live TV.

11thstreetmafia says: Jan 8, 2013 7:44 PM

This guy still doesn’t get it. Remember, his comments were taken out of context, after all.

raylewis52 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:51 PM

At least he can be down and fight for the cause as a volunteer now.

ytownjoe says: Jan 8, 2013 8:48 PM

Put Cowherd out to pasture, please.

fdugrad says: Jan 8, 2013 9:27 PM

I am not a Skip Bayless apologist, however it seems to me that Skip provokes and inflames passions, however he clearly does his homework and research and I surely would not call him a racist, whereas Parker stepped over THAT line with his remark. If people are saying Bayless can be obnoxious and aggravating, as well as exasperating, then I would say that is a fair observation, but racist, I don’t think so.

lennydpocketqb says: Jan 8, 2013 10:30 PM

Fox Sports ain’t all at either guys.

toddvenice says: Jan 8, 2013 10:43 PM

Good riddance!

ptestonm says: Jan 8, 2013 10:48 PM

I find if funny who was actually offended by his comments because we were not. And just so you know, we have conversations like this alot. What Parker should have done was “keep it in the barbershop”. Then a certain segment of society would not have been “insulted”. As Kanye would say……I’m insulted that your insulted. BTW Before I get called a reverse racist, which sound dumb as heck, I like white people. I married one.

robyesno says: Jan 9, 2013 1:26 AM

Yeah it is pretty hilarious that it seems white people are the most offended that one “brother” called another “brother” not black enough because of a white girlfriend. Before whites would have been offended that the “brother” dare date one. Crazy changing times.

kaman2013 says: Jan 9, 2013 1:45 AM

Bayless and Steven A are “bomb throwers”. They were hired to get a reaction. They more contradictory to public opinion the better. Parker went beyond even ESPN’s limits. Pretty ironic this is posted by a network who’s sister network hires only “bomb throwers” for it’s political shows.

vtopa says: Jan 9, 2013 2:52 AM

Does BET need a sportscaster?

mnvikes7897 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:39 AM

Good. He was a corn ball bratha anyway. Don’t know if I’d hang out with him. Heard he hates white people and he a republican too! You know!? Pfft. Corn ball sucka!

ruddg16 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:29 AM

Please……Please…… let Merril Hodge be next!!!!!

smash44 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:17 AM

Excellent. It’s about time the black racist PIGS in this country quit getting a free pass to spew their hatred and venom on the public airwaves. It’s about time they are held accountable for their bigoted actions. Let this be a precedent. Hope he never finds another job except for sweeping floors. That’s about all this race baiter is qualified for.

Badgerbyte says: Jan 9, 2013 10:56 AM

Wowsa my Brotha, that $30 grand a month is going to be missed but guess what? You’re now in the “Cornball Brotha” unemployment line as well you should ya friggin racist.

originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 9, 2013 12:04 PM

Time to lose the suit and grow out the cornrows my misguided brother!

bigben54962 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:45 PM

A brotha fired for comments about another brotha.. In this day and age thats something. Can;t say much concerning his companion.

bojosatchmo says: Jan 9, 2013 12:59 PM

Hey Rob: Congratulations for embodying the actual essence of racism by insisting someone believe and act in a stereotypical way simply based on the color of their skin. You are an Ass no matter what your skin color. Good luck in your job search, maybe the Black Panthers are hiring voting booth intimidators.

dnvigerjr says: Jan 9, 2013 1:27 PM

“Race” should never be an issue in sports news or commentary unless it refers to horse racing, vehicle racing, or track!

lawmancpa says: Jan 9, 2013 1:43 PM

He should be fired. ESPN fired Rush Limbaugh for similar stupidity.

bmacwillconn says: Jan 9, 2013 1:56 PM

ESPN has been a subtle but significant contributor to the demise of our culture. Particilarily how they push their edgy “street” crap on impressionable young kids who tune in to watch sport highlights but are exposed to all sorts of overt racial insinuations on the telecasts. Good riddance Robert Parker. Too bad many of your ex co-workers and aren’t following you out the exit door.

iodiner says: Jan 9, 2013 2:41 PM

I stopped watching ESPN some time ago – when I finally realized it was run by pissed off minorities, and liberal loonies with an agenda. Screw them.

woodsaddition says: Jan 9, 2013 4:25 PM

I rarely watch espn. College games sometimes. If they fired that snob of an nfl “expert” who called Tebow a fraud…completely unfounded…I might watch.

theotherhanddude says: Jan 9, 2013 9:49 PM

I didn’t understand it when ESPN had only suspended Parker. I’m glad they corrected their error.

boltfaninfalconcountry says: Jan 9, 2013 9:49 PM

Happy happy joy joy! And I would be considered a “corn ball” brother by this now unemployed brother.

tatum064 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:03 PM

bojosatchmo says:
Jan 9, 2013 12:59 PM
Hey Rob: Congratulations for embodying the actual essence of racism by insisting someone believe and act in a stereotypical way simply based on the color of their skin. You are an Ass no matter what your skin color. Good luck in your job search, maybe the Black Panthers are hiring voting booth intimidators.

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The Black Panthers started school breakfast programs, and developed self defense and real political self-determination amid racism, and police brutality – the current version are frauds, and nowhere near the cultural importance and historic icon of the black experience in America.

He raised a valid point, but one that shouldnt be aired in an mixed company. Personally, I think he was scapegoated and the producers that re-aired that nonsense needed to get fired, too.

Dont worry, Stephen A. Smith is still there to light up people with provocative commentary, no matter how sensitive and in denial people are about race matters in this country.

skins1970 says: Jan 12, 2013 8:41 AM

Good Rob Parker was an idiot he should have been fired the day after he made those comments he wasn’t even entertaining to watch. As for Skip Bayless and Steven A Smith I don’t have a problem with them they are entertaining to watch.

mazblast says: Jan 12, 2013 1:24 PM

IMO Parker doesn’t qualify for unemployment. He had a contract, it expired. End of employment.

It’s no different from a ballplayer’s contract expiring. Does Michael Bourn qualify for unemployment benefits right now, just because he hasn’t signed anywhere yet? No.

Lugal-Cain says: Jan 14, 2013 9:00 AM

He was being provocative. Parker was also the least racist black commentator on ESPN period.

You sheep. You’ll never get it. For you, image IS everything.

trollingthisbridge says: Jan 14, 2013 11:01 AM

Now, back to some obscure, third rate sports station in Detroit for the racist. Maybe he’ll have some luck finding some brothers who are down with the cause.

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ESPN has parted ways with Rob Parker, a commentator for the sports network who caused a national controversy by saying that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “not one of us” and only “kind of black” because he is engaged to a white woman and is rumored to be a Republican.

Parker made those comments on December 13 and was suspended by ESPN for 30 days. Parker apologized for his remarks but has since defended them by saying he was taken “out of context.”

ESPN’s vice president for PR, Mike Soltys, announced the decision to part ways with Parker last night on Twitter. He explicitly stated that the Griffin controversy was a factor in Parker’s termination.

“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew.”

While it has been speculated that Parker’s recent defense of his racist tirade was what prompted ESPN to terminate its relationship with the loudmouth analyst, sports industry writer John Ourand reported yesterday citing a “source” that ESPN had already decided not to renew Parker’s contract before he had defended himself to a Detroit television station.

If true, this means that ESPN took the the safe legal route in its dealings with Parker. Because ESPN suspended him for the duration of his contract and then declined to re-up, Parker will not be able to sue the network for wrongful termination since he actually was not fired. The potential for a lawsuit seemed likely since Parker has stated that the producers for “First Take,” the show on which he formerly appeared, “for the most part” knew he was going to criticize Griffin in the manner that he did.

By simply declining to renew Parker’s contract, ESPN has managed to sidestep the argument that he was encouraged to say outrageous things by his co-workers.

For a full transcript of Parker’s rant against Griffin click here, you can also watch the video of it below:

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After Rob Parker appeared on a Detroit-based community-affairs show on Sunday and revealed that First Take producers knew exactly what he was going to say when he made his "cornball brother" comments, some speculation ran around Bristol on Monday that his suspension would be permanent.

And today ESPN confirms that. The statement from ESPN PR:

Rob Parker's contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew.

Parker probably knew full well that he wasn't returning to ESPN by time he went on the Detroit show. When ESPN suspends talent, they usually go very, very quiet. Parker obviously didn't do that.

Parker recently had been named host of the Saturday edition of First Take. He wound up getting to host that show only once.

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So Rob Parker isn't going to be asked back to ESPN's First Take, the Worldwide Leader announced Tuesday, thanks, in large part, to his inflammatory comments last month about rookie Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

In case you somehow missed Parker's original comments on Dec. 13, here's a refresher:

"I've talked to some people in Washington, D.C. Some people in [Griffin's] press conferences. Some people I've known for a long time. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is ... is he a 'brother,' or is he a cornball 'brother?' He's not really ... he's black, 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'd want to hang out with. I just want to find out about him. I don't know, because I keep hearing these things. He has a white fiancé, people talking about that he's a Republican ... there's no information at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Tiger Woods was like, 'I have black skin, but don't call me black.' People wondered about Tiger Woods early on – about him."

Parker's dismissal from ESPN comes days after his first interview following his 30-day suspension, when on WDIV's "Flashpoint" in Detroit he tossed the ESPN producers under the bus.

"[The show's producers] knew which way we were going and it was not off the cuff," Parker admitted on Flashpoint. "I don't know if [ESPN] enjoyed it. I think they were really hurt by the backlash that came from it. It wasn't meant in that vain at all. The people and the producers and everybody on the show, we just didn't think of it that way. We weren't trying to slam the kid; we were trying to tackle these issues."

Part of the reason for the intense backlash surrounding Parker's comments was these weren't exactly the issues on the minds of black people in relation to Griffin.

His relationship with his white fiancée, Rebecca Liddicoat, came to light during his junior season at Baylor in 2011. But after learning that she had been with Griffin through the good times (winning the Heisman Trophy) and the bad (tearing his ACL in 2009), it's hard to paint her as a gold-digger looking to cash in on her future husband's NFL payday.

(If marrying a white woman makes you less of a black male, I would love to see Parker let Ice-T know that and report back to me.)

Yeah, you can find people who still poke fun at Griffin's fashion sense (those socks in particular) or his out-of-date box braids hairstyle, but those qualities don't make RG3 "not one of us" or "kind of black."

Does it make him a cornball? It sure does. And you know what, that's quite OK.

We all know corny people in this world. We all have corny friends. I'll even be the first to admit that I'm a cornball brother. The word corny shouldn't be labeled as a code word for anything other than what it really is.

It's the narrow-minded, ignorant philosophy that one person can somehow be blacker than the next based on how they speak or if their pants are sagging or not that has ultimately divided the black community.

The beauty about sports is winning will make people look past any racial boundaries. Parker mentioned Tiger Woods in relation to black people having questions early on about him. You know what got people to quickly forget that Woods was checking "Cablinasian" in the race box?

Winning.

And in his rookie season, Griffin proved to be a winner, transforming what's been an irrelevant franchise since the bandwagon year in 1991 into must-see TV every Sunday.

Discussing race in such a public forum like ESPN opens up the Pandora's Box of double standards. If this were Skip Bayless questioning RG3's blackness, would Parker be ready to have a discussion on the issue or would he be standing alongside Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the protest line outside the Bristol campus?

At the end of the day, your average ESPN viewer doesn't care if RG3 has a white girlfriend or if he's a Republican. They care about if he's truly better than fellow rookie QBs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. They care about his ability to bounce back à la Adrian Peterson from an ACL injury in time for the start of the 2013 season. Those are the hard-hitting issues ESPN should stick to tackling instead of diving into race relations in this so-called post-racial world we're living in today.

Nobody is saying Parker and others can't have the discussion on whether Griffin and other black athletes are "sell outs." Like anything, there's a time and place to have such discussions. If Parker wanted to make the case that Griffin is somehow a "sell out," then by all means have that conversation at the barbershop. But spewing one's own misguided and uninformed agenda on the biggest sports network in the world? Wrong place, wrong time.

Those discussions have been happening for years and will continue on long after Griffin's NFL career. But there's a reason why a network hasn't decided to host a sports talk show from a barbershop. Not everything that's debated needs to happen in front of a camera for the world to see.

Fortunately for Parker, he has nothing but free time now to lead those hard-hitting race discussions at the local barbershop.

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Loading comments… knishinnyc 43 Fans 10:43 PM on 01/13/2013 Surprised he didn't just call him an "oreo" outright. knishinnyc: Surprised he didn't just call him an "oreo" outright. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/knishinnyc/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221625910.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… discgolfur Your micro bio was not approved 528 Fans 07:08 PM on 01/13/2013 I don't really care about him, but wasn't Rob Parkers' JOB to make controversial comments and then defend the indefensible? If that causes a person to be let go, how does Bayless have a job? On the other hand, Mussberger's job is not to ogle girls less than 1/3 his age. I have a real problem with ESPN... again. discgolfur: I don't really care about him, but wasn't Rob Parkers' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/discgolfur/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221592818.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… FredFrederson 25 Fans 07:05 PM on 01/13/2013 He really make a great point. Too many black men these days are only concerned with working hard, taking care of their families and contributing to their community. Too few of them are concerned with whatever "our cause" is. FredFrederson: He really make a great point. Too many black men http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/FredFrederson/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221592389.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR Jewish Guy Wherever Israel stands, I stand! 113 Fans 06:16 PM on 01/13/2013 I don't understand how this guy ever made it to TV anyway. I hope his career is over! Jewish_Guy: I don't understand how this guy ever made it to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jewish_Guy/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221583008.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… gregbowman 0 Fans   05:24 PM on 01/11/2013 I'm white Middle Aged Republican and about as far end of the spectrum as Rob Parker can be but I'm all for is right to say it. Republicans had a fit and called out ESPN when they fired Rush and this is just as bad. 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It's up to our future generations to recognize this. A few have been side tracked by the search for fame and fortune. not all will achieve such. But pride in one's heritage should never be obliterated. If one believes in themself, that's a wonderful start. Life. Sistagirl_Young: Hello Brick81; I truly am in awe of us as http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sistagirl_Young/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221447692.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… Ohmy 22 3 Fans 01:01 AM on 01/14/2013 I agree, check out the AT&T commercial with Venus and Serena Williams, they made them look almost White. Both of them are dark skin blacks, especially Serena. Ohmy_22: I agree, check out the AT&T commercial with Venus and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ohmy_22/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221642254.html History  | Permalink  | Share it HUFFPOST SUPER USER Sistagirl Young 709 Fans   24 hours ago (10:33 AM) Hello Ohmy22; I suppose AT&T thought it a good idea to use people of color if they didn't have "too" much color. But then from what you've said, I guess they thought people of color wouldn't notice. All people of color don't fall under the Beyonce and Halle pigmentation. And that is "our" beauty. We run the gamut in hues. Some melanin-challenged folk "still" have a problem with this. Shucks, "some" of us, "still" have a problem with it. Thank you for sharing. Life. Sistagirl_Young: Hello Ohmy22; I suppose AT&T thought it a good idea http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sistagirl_Young/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_221692325.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. 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Pretty divisive rhetoric butchcliff: Telling words...he's black but he's not really down with the http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/butchcliff/rob-parker-espn-contract-rg3_n_2438446_220897027.html History  | Permalink  | Share it HUFFPOST SUPER USER Anger Managed "I don't like me when I'm angry" 67 Fans 12:29 AM on 01/12/2013 But is it true?

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Rob Parker (sports journalist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rob Parker (sports journalist) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Rob Parker Born (1964-01-10) January 10, 1964 (age 49)
Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S. Occupation Sports columnist, TV sports anchor Years active 1986(?)-present This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. You can help. The discussion page may contain suggestions. (December 2012)

Rob Parker (born January 10, 1964) is an American sports columnist with ClickOnDetroit.com and a regular commentator on WDIV-TV Local 4 Sports Final Edition.[1]

Contents 1 Career 1.1 Print 1.2 Radio 1.3 Television 2 Controversies 2.1 Michigan State Fight (October 2008) 2.2 Rod Marinelli Question (December 2008) 2.3 Comments on Robert Griffin III (December 2012) 3 References 4 External links [edit] Career

Parker received a B.S. in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.[2]

[edit] Print

He was the first black sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press in 1993[2] and the first black general sports columnist at Newsday in New York in 1995.[3] Parker has also written for The Detroit News ,The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Daily News in New York and The Cincinnati Enquirer.[2]

[edit] Radio

Parker was the first-ever host on the WDFN sports radio station in Detroit in 1994.[citation needed] He subsequently hosted the sports-talk radio show, “Parker and The Man’’ with Mark Wilson for a decade on various stations. Parker also had a show[when?] on ESPN radio in New York.

[edit] Television

He has worked at WDIV-TV in Detroit since 1993.[citation needed] Parker was hired on at ESPN in 2003. He was a regular on ESPN's First Take, where he debated controversial sports topics with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. He also appeared on ESPN's Numbers Never Lie with Michael Smith. Parker also hosted a TV show called "Sports Rap" on WADL in Detroit with Detroit Lions safety Ron Rice.

[edit] Controversies

Parker once penned a much-maligned column where he called Hank Aaron a "coward" for declining to attend when Barry Bonds would break the career home run record.[4][dead link] [5]

[edit] Michigan State Fight (October 2008)

In October 2008, Parker erroneously reported that Kirk Cousins, a quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans, was involved in a fight with members of the Michigan State hockey team. After being publicly reproved by head coach Mark Dantonio at his weekly news conference, Parker was suspended by The Detroit News for two weeks.[6]

[edit] Rod Marinelli Question (December 2008)

On December 21, 2008, at a press conference following the Lions' 42–7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, during the Detroit Lions historic 0-16 season, Rob Parker caused controversy when he addressed a question at Lions head coach Rod Marinelli about Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry, Marinelli's son-in-law, inquiring whether Marinelli wished that his daughter had "married a better defensive coordinator."[7] The question was criticized as unprofessional and inappropriate. The next day, Parker wrote that the comment was "an attempt at humor" and not a malicious attack.[8] On January 6, 2009, The Detroit News announced that Parker had resigned from the newspaper the previous week.[9]

[edit] Comments on Robert Griffin III (December 2012)

On December 13, 2012, on First Take, Parker made controversial remarks relating to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during a segment discussing Griffin's comment at an earlier press conference that although he was an African-American, he did not want to be defined by that alone.[10] Parker stated that these words were a "red flag" for him and asked "Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” When asked to explain what he meant by this, he stated: "He's not real. OK, 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." Parker then cited Griffin having a white fiancee and "talk about how he's a Republican" (though he acknowledged having no information to support this)[11]

Later that day, ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said that Parker's comments "were inappropriate and we are evaluating our next steps."[12] ESPN announced on December 20, 2012 that Parker would be suspended for 30 days.[13][14] Parker expressed surprise at the reaction to his comments, stating "Looking back on some of the comments, I can see where people could take it out of context and run with it. But the response and what happened over the past 30 days is just shocking." [15] ESPN announced on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, that they will not renew Parker's contract after it expired at the end of 2012.[16]

[edit] References ^ "Rob Parker: CONFIDENTIAL". http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/parkersconfidential. Retrieved January 9, 2013. ^ a b c "Rob Parker (Biography)". Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. http://dsba1.org/staff/joe-pendergrass/. Retrieved January 9, 2013. ^ Wolper, Allan (May 20, 1995). "Racial Strife At Newsday?". Editor & Publisher. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/TopStories/Article/Racial-Strife-At-Newsday-p-14. Retrieved January 9, 2013. ^ Parker, Rob (2007-04-20). "Shame on Aaron for not being supportive of Bonds". Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070420/SPORTS08/704200362/1343. ^ Raissman, Bob (2012-12-16). "THE FALL GUY: If ESPN cans Rob Parker for his absurd comments on Robert Griffin III, he shouldn't be the only one". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/raissman-parker-shouldn-fall-guy-espn-article-1.1220983. Retrieved 2013-01-14. ^ Chandler, Rick (2008-10-29). "A Detroit Columnist Caught Making Stuff Up? Surely Not". Deadspin. http://deadspin.com/5070391/a-detroit-columnist-caught-making-stuff-up-surely-not. Retrieved 2008-12-22. ^ "Parker Says Question to Marinelli Wasn't 'Personal Attack'". ESPN. 2008-12-23. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3787809. ^ Parker, Rob (2008-12-22). "There's more to Marinelli". The Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081222/OPINION03/812220369/1386/OPINION0314. Retrieved 2008-12-22. ^ Detroit News Columnist Who Insulted Coach Quits SI.com, January 6, 2009 ^ Steinberg, Dan. "Rob Parker on RGIII’s blackness." The Washington Post 13 Dec. 2012. 13 Dec. 2012 [1] ^ ESPN's Rob Parker on RGIII: 'Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?' ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2012/12/13/robert-griffin-iii-washington-redskins-rob-parker/1768501/ ^ ESPN suspends Rob Parker over Robert Griffin III comments - ESPN ^ Rob Parker suspended by ESPN for 30 days - ESPN ^ http://www.freep.com/article/20130107/SPORTS18/130107052/rob-parker-robert-griffin-iii-rgiii-espn ^ http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8825796/rob-parker-contract-not-renewed-espn

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[edit] External links Rob Parker bio at ClickOnDetroit Rob Parker at the Internet Movie Database Persondata Name Parker, Rob Alternative names Short description American journalist Date of birth January 18, 1964 Place of birth Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S. Date of death Place of death Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rob_Parker_(sports_journalist)&oldid=533082169" Categories: American journalistsAmerican sports radio personalitiesSportspeople from Detroit, MichiganSportspeople from QueensAfrican-American sports journalists1964 birthsLiving peopleHidden categories: Articles with hCardsWikipedia articles needing rewrite from December 2012All articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from January 2013Vague or ambiguous time from January 2013All articles with dead external linksArticles with dead external links from January 2013All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrasesArticles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from January 2013 Navigation menu Personal tools Create accountLog in Namespaces Article Talk Variants Views Read Edit View history Actions Search Navigation Main page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Donate to Wikipedia Interaction Help About Wikipedia Community portal Recent changes Contact Wikipedia Toolbox What links here Related changes Upload file Special pages Permanent link Page information Cite this page Print/export Create a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version This page was last modified on 14 January 2013 at 20:07.
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