ESPN Commentator Suspended For Racial Remarks
ESPN commentator Rob Parker was suspended Friday after receiving backlash when he questioned whether Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was a “real” Black man, reports the Maynard Institute.
Parker said Thursday on ESPN’s First Take, “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Both men are African-American.
Maynard also quotes Parker as saying, “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 added, “We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican … Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got Black skin but don’t call me Black.’ ”
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said in a statement, “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”
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