Rob Parker made himself a national news story in mid-December when he questioned Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III’s blackness. Parker wondered if RG3 was a ‘brother or a cornball brother.’ ESPN responded to the outcry over Parker’s rant by suspending him for 30 days.
Parker ended up apologizing while not really apologizing, and then recently went on a Detroit talk show where he went ahead and said that the show producers knew exactly what he was going to say. Now ESPN has had enough of Parker, and after only hosting the weekend edition of First Take once, he’s done at the tWWL. ESPN PR said:
Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew.
I can’t say I feel bad for Parker, especially after the way he fake apologized and then went ahead and defended his comments after the fact.