December 14th, 2012 at 11:37 PM ^

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.

Dutch Ferbert

December 14th, 2012 at 2:36 PM ^

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?


December 14th, 2012 at 2:40 PM ^

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...


December 14th, 2012 at 2:37 PM ^

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.


December 14th, 2012 at 2:52 PM ^

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.



December 14th, 2012 at 2:46 PM ^

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.   


December 14th, 2012 at 2:57 PM ^

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.

Stupid Flanders

December 14th, 2012 at 3:10 PM ^

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...