Rob Parker has been suspended by ESPN for comments in which he questioned Robert Griffin III's "blackness." Shocking, I know.
OT: Rob Parker suspended by ESPN
Seriously though it's only a matter of time until that's an actual quote. Jemele Hill = Rob Parker in terms of reporting ability/racial profiling.
It probably was... If he was anything other than the same race as the guy he was questioning he'd be fired by now...
First good thing i've heard today
This is the same clown that mocked ex Lions coach Rod Marinelli about his daughter marrying the D Coordinator, isn't it?
Indeed it is. The guy is a complete hack. Only reason he keeps getting jobs is that he's controversial and gets hits/views.
Yup, that's him.
Currently if you look up "Rob Parker" on Wikipedia the disambiguation page refers to him as "American sports bigot."
Also the same asshat that accused Kork Coupons - in print - of assault and battery without a shred of truth to it.
Thanks a lot, WDIV (at least it's buried on their website). Click at your own peril.
But "Do you wish your daughter had married a better Defensive Coordinator?" is gold. Gold!
Maybe gold for a fan to say, not at all for someone who's supposed to be a serious journalist.
Skip Bayless should be included in the jackassery for asking this guy what he thought of RGIII's braids
... from a scientific perspective. I mean, RGIII is pretty fast - are his filled with dilithium as well or something slightly less dilithium-y than Denards. Inquiring minds want to know!
When is Rob going to learn to just keep his mouth shut.
When he stops getting paid a lot of money to open it.
And ESPN isn't exactly in the clear here. That episode of "First Take" was rebroadcast. the producers OK'd that.
Ratings man, ratings.
ESPN afternoon television stinks. ESPN Radio, though, I enjoy.
You guys realize that ESPN probably approved him saying something along those lines before the show? Those 'talking heads' shows are planned out to a T. This is strictly a PR move for ESPN unfortunately. There won't be much made when he eventually comes back sadly.
The link at the top is the worst thing about ESPN... ESPN (the news agency) reporting on ESPN (the entertainment company) personality Rob Parker's comments on ESPN (the TV network), which is a story because it was immediately picked up on by ESPN.
This thread is at threat level orange for crossing the "no politics" line.
With that said, Parker is a no talent ass clown, as is anyone who judges someone for not acting black/white/etc. enough. Can't people just be individuals?
We lock a thread mourning the loss of 26 peple and 18 grade school kids as being political but one about a black guy getting suspended for questioning the "blackness" of another black guy is still here. Thread lock in 3...2...
I'm sorry, it didn't even occur to me that this could be considered political. I apologize if it crossed the line.
Just pointing out that people need to stay away from racial politics when pointing out the proven fact that Parker is an asshat.
Big brother is watching . . . waiting . . .
Thanks for killing my only halfway decent excuse to put off cleaning the stove and the bathroom before leaving for a month. The girlfriend now wins; I really appreciate it, profit...
DItto. Dishes, and packing here I come. Kudos to Profit for getting me off my ass.
Wait...YOU"RE LEAVING US?!?!?!
I'll be on MGoBlog, just not in my apartment. Coming back to a dirty apartment is pretty much the worst feeling, so today has been spent scrubbing everything.
I think that is fair and should be easy enough...stupid comes in every color
Not sure what's political about "Rob Parker is an asshat," though.
Rob Parker is such an asshat. This is the same guy who asked Marinelli whether he wished his daughter had married a better coordinator.
Even more insulting than his comments was the completely asinine, yet unsurpising follow up question by Bayless, "What about his braids?"
You know something is ridiculous and offensive when Stephen A. Smith states on live air that something made him uncomfortable.
Essentially, Parker said if you are a "real" black person, not a "cornball" black person, you must be a democrat, date or marry a black female, and preferably have dreads or braids. Par for the course for First Take though.
All I want for Christmas is for Drew Sharp to follow directly in his footsteps (provided Parker ends up canned over this).
Idiots of ever race. I have hope that the generation of kids in their 20's will finally transcend race (not entirely as this impossible) since they are first group which is truly multiracial/desegregated.
I have some experiences with this topic as I am married to a Latina and have seen first hand a multitude of issues arise because of these experiences.
With the results of the recent election minorities can see that they do have a voice in this country so the old argument about 'The Man' holding them down sounds hollow.
As for us in the majority we need to keep holding our racists accountable. There was no need for some morons to circulate pictures of the president with large ears, eating watermelon with nose rings etc in mass email blasts the past four years.
Racism will always be with us, anyone who says otherwise needs to put down LeGuin utopia tripe. However we can make sure our children see color of skin for what it truly is - DNA and chemistry - not the character of a person.
I have no idea how Rob Parker continues to have any type of job in media. His writings while he was at the Freep were terrible-- poorly written and poorly argued. His TV appearances are just as bad.
What was even worse what his radio show "Parker and the Man" with some complete asshole Sparty. Worst. Radio. Ever. I though his career would be circling the toilet by now.
Parker and the Man, That was terrible radio!! Co-host was Mark Wilson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wilson_(radio_broadcaster)
I used to listen to Parker and the Man nights between Kramer and Twitch and Loveline
oh god, were those sad days.
HEY MAHHHHK, GO GET STARK-HICKEY!
Helping to get idiots high paying jobs at ESP... Oh, nevermind.
There is no cause anymore just a straw man. Same as the old argument that idiots in the majority use to pigeonhole all blacks as thugs.
When a kid turns out as well as RGIII we should all be proud regardless of race, religion or economic status. RGIII is a success story that should be celebrated.
To illustrate how apologetic Parker was, ProFootballTalk has this:
"After making those comments on Thursday morning, Parker was inundated with criticism on Twitter, and in his responses on Thursday afternoon, he generally acted as though he was the one who was owed an apology for anyone daring to question what he’d said. Parker called his critics, among other things, “uneducated” and “silly.”
It is looking as if Rob Parker's personal goal is to see if it is possible to get an entire planet to roll their eyes and walk away whenever his name is mentioned. If he is going to follow up the total opposite of insightful journalism with the total opposite of a responsible reply, then he may very well succeed yet. It's hard enough to succeed in being an embarrassment on "First Take" when the bar is already set high in that regard, but it doesn't shock me that Parker would rise to the challenge.
Just another reason why I avoid ESPN...
It is stuff like this that pushes me to the brink of avoiding ESPN despite the games, 30 for 30s, etc. The more important issue is not that he was suspended, but why do you have him on in the first place? I assume they think controversy drives ratings, but I do not know anyone who watches that show...
I only watch games on ESPN. I watch nothing else. I sometimes watch the games with the sound off...My life is better for all of this.
I can't fall asleep unless I'm watching sportscenter at night. Otherwise, I watch the DP show in the mornings if I don't have class and I like E60 and NFL/CFL Live. First Take is pure unadulterated crap. ESPN radio isn't half bad. I like Cowherd's and VP's shows.
That's all I do. I'll visit Grantland and EspnChicago, and listen to AM1000 here, but I'm totally done with National ESPN coverage besides live sports and 30 for 30s.
I agree. ESPN deserves some blame because they even replayed some of the segment during the afternoon a couple hours after it originally aired.
I feel it is incumbent upon us to call out people who make racists remarks no matter what ethnic background they are. It doesn't make it okay that he questioned RGIII's fiance' choice or he should flaunt himself to be more black in societies eyes.
It's just ridiculous that he feels like he can make statements like that because he's black and others can't....no one should, we are all peoples of this globe that need to love one another and be accepting.
In the immortal words of MLK:
It is not the color of ones skin but the content of their character (paraphrased).
As a black guy, there is nothing I hate more than people telling me what it means to be black as if there is a agreed upon criterion. It's actually worse coming from other black people because instead of drawing from stereotypes and prejudice based on (non pejorative use of the word) ignorance, this comes from a self-anointed or perceived intimate knowledge. In reality it is just his effed-up opinion and pathologies on display.
Oh, and Rob Parker is a SOB on every other opinion he has ever had, so there's that. Paired with that IQ-sucking Skip Witless; king of the morons Jay Whitlock and the cast of characters that make up an echo chamber of nonsense, I question why I watch anything but the games.
We need more guys like you and less of guys like Rob Parker, he ain't doin' anybody any favors keeping that type of attitude to be pervasive.
Hell, eventually when everyone in the future will be mixed race anyway, what are people gonna want to bitch about then?
I hope you cleared your search engine at work today.
America needs more divisive comments now more than ever. Does anyone watch First Take even? Other than 30 for 30, most programming on espn is total garbage.
ok, that was unprofessional to be sure, but damn if i wouldnt have laughed my ass of if i would have been there to witness that, its funny
edit: this was to the rod marinelli daughter thing, i just didnt use mgoblog correctly
I once got accused of not being Polish enough because I can't play the accordion or bowl very well. Seriously though, people like this wouldn't have jobs if listeners/readers would stop being surprised and outraged when they say/write asinine things.
But that was because I quit serving kielbasa, pierogi and dill pickle soup at Christmas Eve dinner for my extended family. I married a Sicilian woman and find the holiday cuisine preferrable.
Come to think of it, maybe I'm NOT Polish enough....
my family have done kielbasa and pierogi on Christmas Eve for years and we don't have a drop of Polish blood. Viva la melting pot
Until you have the Feast of the Seven Fishes (it's a Sicilian thing, but I'm pretty sure it's unrelated to "sleeping with the fishes").
I tend to think that the media is too sensitive now adays and that a lot of these blow ups of race issues in sports media just get blown out of proportion. This is not the case this time. Rob Parker went way over the line and needs to be fired, not suspended.
They discuss race and the like all the time on that show. He asked a question that has probably been asked by others. Did he choose the right words? probably but its a debate show. He should not have been suspended.
I think questioning whether a person is a real member of his race because of his actions vis-a-vis tired stereotypes of 'blackness,' and doing so in an unprovoked manner on a SPORTS show, is pretty goddamn suspension-worthy.
Finally. Took them long enough. Hopefully it's a suspension without a return.
I don't watch that terrible television but at least some justice was served. People deserved to be punished for being such idiots. That's sort of justice in my eyes.
The stupidity of the whole episode is stunning.
Since when is it a topic for conversation on who someone marries?? Plus black dudes like the white girls. add in a nice big booty and it's on! Holla
Why did they even hire him in the first place? Why didn't they fire him long ago for being incompetent? He is one of those rare writer/performers who as actually gotten worse with experience. Parker really doesn't have any redeeming factors that should keep him employed, other than being a fairly decent columnist when he first broke in.
It seemed to me that he got arrogant when he started going on radio and TV, and it affected his writing. Now, he just seems to get by on as little research and as much bombast as possible.
To pick what must be one of the most likable non-Michigan players I've seen in a long time is inexcusable.
1) When Stephen A. Smith is uncomfortable, you know you've fucked up.
2) When Rob Parker's wife left him, I wonder if she wished she married a better sportswriter...
...and I didn't even know who Rob Parker was.
I must be doing something right.
The only cornballs to come of this is Parker and ESPN. How they can espouse such racist garbage is over the line.
I am SO waiting for Jalen to take a chunk out of his ass.
Jalen said something somewhat similar to that about Grant Hill on the 30 for 30 episode about the Fab Five. Yeah, it wasn't as callous or ridiculous as this but it did create quiet an uproar. Also, in all seriousness, why do people do this? I know a bunch of hispanic people down here that don't know spanish and when a hispanic person who does speak spanish finds out they say they are a disgrace to the race - wtf is wrong with people???
ESPN is ESPN, I don't know why they keep these idiots on staff. People are still going to watch if you get GOOD reporters. There's no other option.