michael-garcia - December 14, 2012
If you're ever trying to make an argument and Stephen A. Smith is suddenly the voice of reason, it's probably safe to say you probably stepped over the line. Rob Parker decided to take on Washington Redskins rookie sensation Robert Griffin III today on ESPN's trollfest First Take by wondering if RG3 is 'a brother or a cornball brother?'
My question is, and it's just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother," Parker said. "He's not really. He's black, he does his 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 kind of guy you really want to hang out with.
Yikes. Besides it not being anybody's business how Griffin decides to live his life, why is Parker even questioning this? What does he have to do to earn Parker's respect as a black man? Seems kind of silly, but at least Stephen A. was there, which is something I didn't think I would ever write.
But before we get to Smith's rebuttal, let's see more from Parker:
I want to find about him," Parker said. "I don't know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he's a Republican, which there's no information at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I've got black skin, but don't call me black.' So people wondered about Tiger Woods.
Finally Smith got to weigh in when asked what he thought about the way Parker was trying to make whatever point it was that he was trying to make.
First of all, let me say this: I'm uncomfortable with where we just went," Smith said when asked to respond to Parker. "RG3, the ethnicity or the color of his fiancee is none of our business, it's irrelevant, he can live his life in whatever way he chooses. The braids that he has in his hair, that's his business, that's his life, he can live his life. I don't judge someone's blackness based on those kinds of things. I just don't do that. I'm not that kind of guy.
h/t to ProFootballTalk for the transcript