An ESPN pundit and commentator is now out of a job after he was met with uproar over racially-charged remarks about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Rob Parker, 48, came under fire last month during an appearance on the sports network’s morning show First Take, when he asked whether the NFL rookie is ‘a brother or a cornball brother?’
An ESPN spokesperson said in a statement: ‘Rob Parker’s contract expired at year’s end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RG III comments, we decided not to renew his deal.’
ESPN’s decision to cut Parker was considered long overdue by many of its viewers in wake of the controversial comments.
In a bizarre rant, Parker – a former Detroit News columnist – openly questioned the blackness of Robert Griffin III and claimed that he was not an authentic representative of the black community.
First Take host Stephen A. Smith immediately shot back at Parker, saying: ‘What does that mean?’
Parker then launched a confusing diatribe about the rising star quarterback’s color. ‘Well, he’s black, he kind of does his thing,’ said Parker. Continue reading.