michael-garcia - December 20, 2012
Update 12/20 11:40 am-ESPN has suspended Parker for 30 days, as well as reprimanding some of the producers who allowed his BS to go on the air.
ESPN's (for now) Rob Parker tried to salvage his name and career by finally apologizing for his bizarre opinions about Robert Griffin III, when Parker wondered if RG3 was 'a brother or a cornball brother.' ESPN suspended Parker while they investigate the comments(whatever that means, just watch the tape), and in an attempt to try and keep working at some point, Parker is trying to make good. Check out his apology he posted through Twitter:
I blew it and I'm sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert's thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN's reaction. Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught – with dignity, respect and pride. I've contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.
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