Thursday, December 20, 2012
ESPN To Suspend Commentator For Questioning if RGIII is Black or Not On Air
ESPN's Rob Parker, a commentator appearing on "First Take," has been suspended for the next 30 days after he took Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's race into question. Sad that this sort of thing still happens, nevermind on live television. But at least its better than Stephen A. Smith going on a rant and calling LeBron James the n-word.
Parker, who is also black, questioned the "blackness" of Griffin, stating that he has a white fiance and is rumored to be Republican. Since when did either of those things have anything to do with the color of anyone's skin? Pathetic, really. Parker issued an apology saying, "I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care."
But then again, someone who understands that wouldn't be dumb enough to then go say things like Parker did...