Rob Parker & Stephen A. Smith have a conversation about race and Robert Griffin III [video]

 

On-air personality Rob Parker was reportedly suspended indefinitely by ESPN on Friday stemming from his controversial comments about race and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

The comments came during ESPN’s “First Take” in a conversation about  the rookie Redskins’ QB  desire not to be referred to as a “black quarterback.”


“For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin,” Griffin said at the end of Wednesday’s post-practice news conference in reference to a question about Martin Luther King, Jr., via USA Today. “You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.

“I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”

Rob Parker mentioned that in conversations he’s observed in his Detroit area barbershop, “the bros” have questioned if RG3 is a “real brother” and not a “cornball.” He foolishly cited one of the things “the bros” used as evidence of his “cornball status,” the fact that RG3 is engaged to a white woman ironically named, Becky. – Go here if you’re missing the “Becky” reference.

Check out the video and let me know your thoughts about the conversation.

 

 

I think Rob was trying to have an open and honest conversation about some perceptions that happen in the black community at times. But this wasn’t the right forum for that. Coupled with the way he choose to express himself, the focus was redirected from the point I thought he was originally trying to make. Stephen A. Smith tried to help him articulate his thoughts more clearly but by that point, the damage had already been done.

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  • Carlton

    There was nothing wrong with what Rob Parker said. In fact, kudos to him for using his platform to echo the sentiments of millions of African-Americans in this country. RG3 is an Uncle Tom, and I use that term affectionately. So what? So what he loves white women, what athlete in the last century hasn’t? Parker mentioned being down with the “cause” in the video, apparently alluding to the assumption that Griffin is Republican, and one of the few blacks in this country that didnt vote for Obama. Big deal. Look,

  • http://twitter.com/MrRLW Renaissance Man

    So ESPN is basically FOX News now? Is that it? This is the kind of foolishness I would expect, sadly from a BET aired “barbershop” sports show. Seriously, this is hack journalism at it’s best. Don’t get me wrong, I see where this has probably been the topic of discussion in barbershops in urban areas, online, whatever. But you don’t bring this to ESPN. What purpose does it serve really?

    And now on his twitter page, you have ppl who are praising Parker for keeping it real -__-. Seriously? How is that keeping it real. By asking a question probably talked about by a few, on a NATIONAL PLATFORM? You have got to be kidding me. And I’m assuming he’ll hide behind his reasoning for asking the question being– RGIII’s statement of not wanting to be compared to or viewed as a black quarterback. Maaan, GTFOH! Seriously?

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  • Mai

    Ms. Jill, Go to BSO and see my comment. LOL I”M DONE SMH!!!!

  • Leroy

    I applaud Parker for calling a spade a spade, or in this case, a Tom a Tom.

  • Cudaking

    I think this whole thing is asinine. RGIII is a 22/23 y/o man. Who cares if he is a so called real brother. That’s what is causing all of the problems for black people today. If you are not a thug and speak broken english you are a sellout. Sellout of what. We never as a group have had anything to sell out of. Rob Parker ought to be ashamed of himself for even bringing this issue up. RGIII is not Tiger Woods. RG never said he was of another race. And as far as who he chooses as a mate, so what If he loves Becky that is his business. Who cares. Some of those so called real bros need to clean up their act and maybe they can concentrate on helping the less fortunate. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the big racism isn’t alive and well. But, we don’t need to damn ourselves.

  • Cudaking

    I think this whole thing is asinine. RGIII is a 22/23 y/o man. Who cares if he is a so called real brother. That’s what is causing all of the problems for black people today. If you are not a thug and speak broken english you are a sellout. Sellout of what. We never as a group have had anything to sell out of. Rob Parker ought to be ashamed of himself for even bringing this issue up. RGIII is not Tiger Woods. RG never said he was of another race. And as far as who he chooses as a mate, so what If he loves Becky that is his business. Who cares. Some of those so called real bros need to clean up their act and maybe they can concentrate on helping the less fortunate. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the big racism isn’t alive and well. But, we don’t need to damn ourselves.

  • ICANROCK89120

    Stupid as Stupid does

  • jlm

    What if a white announcer called him an uncle tom and praised him for not being “down” for the cause. hmmm

  • jj

    So all black people have to act and think the same or they aren’t really black??

  • football fred

    What exactly is ironic about her name being Becky?

  • football fred

    What exactly is ironic about her name being Becky?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3TPDGURH2DE6TSTM5VM5EQLKVY Dorian Robertson

    HAHA Smitch snapped at the end, and those are dreads not braids

  • StilettoJill

    the term “Becky” is used to reference a white girl in some circles. Do you know the Sir-Mix-A-Lot song, “Baby got back” “Oh my God Becky look at her butt…”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kapalua.mak Kapalua Mak

    Two things…First, imagine if any non-African American said those exact words, would that person be able to ever show their face on TV again. A very successful African American man once said to me, “The biggest obstacle to the black man in America is the black man.” Rob Parker just confirmed how true those words are. Second, when Stephen Smith becomes the voice of reason, something has gone wrong.

  • RJWJ

    If you don’t know the story behind William Lynch please look it up. Rob Parker is a classic example that the “William Lynch theory” is alive and well. I am apalled at him being stupid enough to say something like that on national television. This is nothing more than the crab in the barrel mentality. The crab named Rob Parker sees another looking like they may make it out and change things for all young men regardless of color and what does he do; try to drag him down. He’s the one looking like a cornball bojangling brother for real. I hope he knows that a lot of other ignorant people who at least had enough sense not to say something so demeaning and disrespectful are saying “Thanks Rob for doing what the rest of us cowards wanted to do but we knew sooner or later you would do it for us”. Since when have people hanging out in a Detroit barber shop had such a cutting edge opinion. I guess they would respect RG more if he behaved like Kwame Kilpatrick. With “brothers” like Mr. Parker we don’t have to worry about nobody else setting us back.

  • RJWJ

    You sound as stupid as Rob Parker. Just because you agree with him does not give you enough information to speak for the sentiments of “millions of African Americans in this country”. That dummy (Rob Parker) only spoke to a few “brothers” in a Detroit barber shop and came up with an attack of lunacy. Do you know how stupid he looks echoing the opinion of some people hanging in the barbershop on national television? I guess you do because you tried to speak for millions without any empirical evidence stating what their sentiments are. You might get some kudos from Rob Parker but not anyone else with a shred of intelligence and values. You are correct in there being nothing wrong with what Rob Parker said; just like their will be nothing wrong when Mr. Parker hears these two words; “you’re fired”. Maybe he can go ask RGIII the “cornball” for a job

  • BeauRyker

    You’re worthless as an American. Disgusting moron.

  • BeauRyker

    The land of Obama. Blacks are beyond reproach. Enjoy it while you can, boys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247940578 Tony T. Tony

    Yep; black racist extremely unintelligent ‘circles’. Disgusting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247940578 Tony T. Tony

    “Big racism”? I see 25 times more racism coming from black people today. And it breaks my heart. I’m white, 55, and from Maine- where I don’t recall seeing a ‘black’ person until I was in HS, and he was a Brazilian foreign exchange student. Maybe it’s because of this that I’d never heard ANY racism in my upbringing?? My first “heroes” were Nat King Cole- partly because my mom and grandmother LOVED his velvet voice and charm, and Cassius Clay- soon to be Muhammad Ali- because my dad was a huge boxing fan, Chuck Berry and Sidney Poitier. My cousin was an absolute FREAK over The Supremes, and after she alerted me to them.. I was starting to get those funny feelings down below over Dianna Ross and then Diahnn Carrol (and Raquel Welch of course)!! My family watched the “Roots” saga and actually cried at what our ancestors had done. (same thing later, watching “Dances With Wolves”) I freakin LOVE Morgan Freeman, Denzel, Forrest Whitaker, Whitney Houston; God bless her soul.. And BTW, I have to say; I still like Tiger Woods, and root for him every time!! I think just like with Michael Jackson (another of whom I’m a HUGE fan), he had no childhood, and it screwed up his sense of priorities, (and Michael was weird due to it). I LOVE what another ‘hero’ of mine has said MANY times publicly; that black men need to- as you said; clean up their act- and stop blaming whitey- or ANYONE else for their lot in life.

    Anyway, I could go on for a week listing all of my sports, music, acting, and other black idols.. and I could mention so many instances of terrible black people screwing up race relations (like the race-baiting hucksters jesse jackson, al sharpton, jeremiah wright, etc). But I DESPISE this rob parker scumbag. So often it seems that all he thinks about is the color of someone’s skin! And I must admit that he is EXTREMELY biased- seems to hate Tom Brady!! Of course being from Maine… ya know= MY team!! But I’ve wanted this guy fired for years because he’s either disingenuous or intellectually dishonest OR just a hater- as his arguments are complete juvenile rubbish- at least 60% of the time!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247940578 Tony T. Tony

    YOU are an assclown jerk racist then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247940578 Tony T. Tony

    Yeah; see what Charles Payne has said about this topic. It still brings him to tears how he was treated as a kid because he was smart. And how racist, hater blacks treat him today because he’s a conservative. It’s disgusting and sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247940578 Tony T. Tony

    What’s Fox News got to do with this, you EFFING idiot?? I agree with you about your other sentiments, but Fox is the ONLY balanced news network. Obviously you don’t agree. And I feel sorry for your indoctrination by those who simply hate a differing opinion- making you drunk on YOUR kool-aid. Too bad you can’t push yourself away from YOUR trough of deceit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1814509072 Darrin Cothran

    And in late December, we finally have a clear cut and undisputed winner in the “dumbest friggin’ thing anyone has ever said” category.

    How is what Rob Parker said NOT racist?!?

    RGIII comes out and says something incredibly intelligent, and this is the best Rob Parker can come up with?

    “I don’t know is he REALLY black”?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1814509072 Darrin Cothran

    Just look at the way Stacy Dash was treated for supporting Mitt romney.

  • Doneright

    Mr. Parker should be relieved. “Honest discussion”? No, pure, hardcore racism. HARDCORE racism. No? Consider this: “What my white brothers want to know is, is this woman for real or has she betrayed the white cause by associating herself with this black quarterback? Doesn’t she understand the damage to white women? She’s got herself a BLACK? And I hear she even attended an awards show for Ebony…is this going to encourage young white girls to start seeing blacks as viable partners? Simply amazing.”

  • http://twitter.com/MrRLW Renaissance Man

    So I’m an “effing idiot”, because I mentioned my not being a fan of FOX News arbitrarily in a discussion about RGIII and some nefarious statements hurled his way, O_o? Well Triple T, it warms my soul to know you agree with my other sentiments. But please hold your empathy in regards to my having been indoctrinated by those… blah blah blah. Sir, I don’t get drunk off of kool-aid unless it’s Sharkleberry Fin. But I like my alcohol with carbonation or straight… gin preferably. As for MY deceit (you love that SHIFT button don’t you), I like that through a straw and served in a BIG GULP, thank you very much. A trough is just gluttonous.

    Back to RGIII…oh wait I already spoke my peace on that. Yay RGIII! Vote4 the Karl Rove/Jesse Jackson ticket in ’16. And may all Super Bowls be aired on FOX for eternity. Did you vote down my comment Triple T? Please say yes. It would be an immense honor to know it was you. I love you man!

  • hwyman

    You hit it right on the head. That was goog.

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  • http://twitter.com/musicnmypocket Chris Carter

    You mean the land where we got equal protection under the law about 50 years ago, that land? Please.

  • Phil Miller

    I’m tired of all this constant racial emphasis: Why don’t you clowns get over yourselves and join the rest of the country; that, or shut the hell up around everyone else?

  • Tater

    As a white man who grew up in the projects, I will never forget the wise black man that told me that the Civil Rights Act was slavery with furry handcuffs using entitlements to keep blacks down. He was right. MLK and Malcolm X were assassinated so that it would not be demonized.

    The Democrats brought slavery back and they get the overwhelming amount of the black vote. That is sad

    I am all for RGIII comments, and I am sure my hero(as should be many peoples) Martin Luther King Jr would be proud

    Never let sex,race,class or disability define who you are. Because people will always try and do so

  • tater

    So true. Did you see SNL with Jamie Foxx? He says he gets to kill white people in his movie and a crowd of mostly white people applaud…we have a long way to go

  • Adonis

    That was not the right forum to discuss that. But I am not mad at him.

  • Aishley Hassell

    Please don’t pretend to understand us just because you enjoy African American entertainers. Institutional racism is real and has significantly contributed, not solely responsible, but has contributed to many of the issues that plague the African American community. Oh wait I forgot white people like to pretend that stuff didn’t/doesn’t happen because we have Micheal Jordan and Micheal Jackson! HA read Black Like Me then we can talk.

  • sirtyrone

    MLK is your hero? God help you! All he did was hate whites, and incite angry monkeys…too bad we can’t use the n word.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UP675MTAKVFTCZ53S5SEN4DCSI Mike

    Aishley, just for the record, you are the type of idiot that Tony was referring to…someone who can’t take off their blinders and deal with the TRUTH!

  • cb

    Sad that race is still prevalent today

  • D.R.F.

    Apparently you enjoy RACISM..nice work “assmonkey” Suicide is painless try not to “fail” at that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UP675MTAKVFTCZ53S5SEN4DCSI Mike

    I’ve enjoyed First Take for years now and Rob Parker among others who add their commentary. There is no doubt the show, including Stephen A. Smith at times, seem to get too wrapped up in the color of the skin of anyone….if a black player does something wrong, it is sometimes questioned what would have happened if this had been a white player (although Stephen A. has really improved in his admonition of black players avoiding the wrong places to avoid trouble)…if fans or surveys or other commentators give criticisms of a black player, particularly of a QB, they were always quick to point to some white QB’s inefficiencies to prove their QB just as good. Well, those white QB’s weren’t playing for the team in question and it might be obvious that the black QB wasn’t getting it done…that should have been the only point…not trying to defend him because he was black….I don’t blame RGIII for his comments…many blacks have said the same before him…why is it condemned by other blacks?…if this silliness about cornballs was really true, why did 97% of blacks vote for Obama? Sorry Rob, you had a good thing for awhile…lick your wounds and look for your next job…but be a reporter, not a black reporter wherever you go, my brother!

  • TTKIN

    anyone else think it’s ironic that Steven A. Smith of all people was trying to help him articulate himself? That’s like asking Dwight Howard for free throw advice.

  • papabearmi

    What a racist Rob Parker is. He should be fired and sent home to his “brothers” he wanted to know if he (RG3) was one of us! He wanted to know if he was a Republican! Tell me Parker doesn’t have a racial mindset going. Does he belong to the cause! Until black people lose this mindset, they need to be ignored. So am I supposed to believe this is what blacks talk about other blacks and what are they saying about whites? Parker can go to hell, along with his bros and his cause.

  • Steve— okiepapa

    I’m glad they took him off TV. “Black” men like Rob Parker continue to set people of color apart from others with statements like, is he a brother or isn’t he a brother. Wrong on both counts Rob, he’s a man and not just any man, he’s an American man who’s doing well and a credit to mankind and I don’t take the color of his skin into consideration, one way or the other. Maybe Rob should try doing the same. Men like Rob Parker are racist and do more harm than good for people who he thinks he stands up for. Not until ALL people can look at another person without seeing them as black or white first, will there ever be true equality for mankind. Every time I hear someone talk the way Rob Parker did today it makes my blood boil, no matter what their skin color is.

  • sirtyrone

    Hey, welfare abuser, just because your raghead POS Obama will ensure that you won’t have to work for another 4 years doesn’t mean you can’t thank those of us who support your lazy a$$!
    I’m not racist: I just think the majority of your people are overly dependent on low-life government handouts.

  • Spellchecker

    Suspended? Why? This is the first time I have ever heard the term cornball brother. It is not offensive or derogatory and definitely not racist.
    Rob Parker usually goes out of his way to appeal to the white viewers. I don’t know what the heck he is referring to as down with the cause because there there is no cause.
    I like RG3. He has the right to voice his opinion and date and marry whoever he chooses to; and each of us has a right to question his choices.
    Screamin’ A. Smith trying to act like the voice of reason? Negro please!
    ESPN should be ashamed of itself. They jumped the gun.
    This is much ado about nothing. It gives racists an opportunity to call black people racist. You cannot be a victim of racism and be a racist at the same time just like you mcannot be a murder victim and then kill someone.

  • Spellchecker

    Doesn’t ESPN employ Scoop Jackson? They ought to suspend themselves for that.

  • Boca Raton

    Really? the cause? just what is “the cause” Rob? If he voices the attitude and reasoning of the black community then this nation is a lot worse off than we think. This nation has bent over backwards to baby sit the Africans in this country since segregation was eliminated.
    Here’s a guy knocking down a decent salary with ESPN and he needs to rally wif his homeys for the cause and belittle Griff III because he’s got his stuff together? It just makes people that aren’t racists become one when you hear crap like that. Be thankful you got a flipping job or maybe you don’t now.

  • Gish13

    WOW , is the first thing that comes to mind over all this . The story and comments included . I have alot of respect for RG3 , and more after the comments he made . But the facts are facts , he will be a ” cornball ” or not black enough to parts of the black community due to his funny colored socks and he isnt out pop’n bottles and acting a fool . On the other side , he will always be a ” Black QB ” to the small minded parts of the white community . I respect him for coming out and saying , ‘ judge me for me , not my color’ .

  • Tee man

    Good job ESPN you would be foolish to bring that piece of cornball S#%T back.

  • confucius

    I completely agree with Rob Parker. RGIII, like Tiger Woods, is a serious cornball. We know this for a fact and are not required to explain it to people who are oblivious to race issues within the black community here in the States. Not being comfortable being black, dating less-than-stellar white women, babysitters, cocktail waitresses, etc. Some black women are no better. Fact of life.

  • mark a

    i’m sick of people making a big deal out of every racial thing said!! it suck’s!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/el.charro.one Gary Schneider

    I heard Rob Parker say one time a few months ago that Tim Tebow was in there because he was white. If that ain’t a racist, I don’t know what is? He finally just stepped on the wrong toes. Should be banned, for sure.

  • cowboy04

    You can’t be a victim of racism and racist at the same time? Yes, you can! Those two things aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.stokes.37 Deborah Stokes

    You think he was a wise Black man because he said what you wanted to hear. The Civil Rights Act helped eliminate some remnants of slavery, and does not keep Black folks down. There are people in all races that don’t want to make things better for themselves. I’m sure you know exactly what keeps Black folks down, if not you need to find out because you have the wrong ideas. I’m a Black women in America that has lived in these shoes for more than 6 decades, and am aware of millions of Black people that take care of themselves, and their wish is to be treated equally in a country that says “all men are created equal”. I’m tired of people talking about slavery when they have no clue, and couldn’t possibly know history when they equate slavery to anything but slavery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.stokes.37 Deborah Stokes

    I agree with RG III, why does he need to be identified as a Black QB. Why not just a QB. White players are not called White, whatever. What does it matter if his fiance is white. As for being a real Black man or bro, there’s no way RG III can get away with not being a bro, no Black man can, no matter who they marry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.stokes.37 Deborah Stokes

    It’s a joke about a movie. I always hear people say, lighten up. Well lighten up. I’m sure Mr Fox doesn’t really think that it’s a good thing.

  • sirtyrone

    Your blog brings honor to yourself, and to those who taught you well. Good point about equality: racism often is fueled by Affirmative Action which is UNequal and biased, causing resentment.

  • http://twitter.com/BoobieMylesGuy Boobie Myles

    Let me just say thank God 4 Steven A Smith 4 standing up 4 not just blacks & RG3 but 4 all Humanity. It’s hard 2 stand up against your friends and peers when they are in the wrong. I applaude his courage 4 that. As far as Rob, I think his statements were just sad, more juvenile and ignorant than racist. I hope he gets time to reflect on his vitreal and have a chance to apologize. Everyone says something stupid and regretful sometimes. It’s a shame but a moment of maliciousness can erase a lifetime of good deeds.

  • RJWJ

    Confucius you should really call yourself “Confused”. How can you call someone a “cornball” and identify yourself with a name like “Confucious”. Would you rather be Chinese? The only thing RGIII and Tiger have in common is that you and a whole lot of other people are envious of them because of their athletic prowess and financial status. Why do you think there behavior and character should meet your standards. I’m a 53 year old black man and I know that they are just different than I am. However, I don’t find it necessary to assasinate their character. Both of these men, just like me and you, are still works in progress. If either of them were your son you would be supportive of them (I hope) and pushing them to be different and be leaders. I think Tiger went to Stanford and RG graduated in three years from Baylor which is a tough academic school. I would expect them to have a different perspective on things. That is one reason that RGIII should not be compared to Vick or Newton. They didn’t graduate. RGIII is the team captain of the Redskins and do you know how great an accomplishment that is especially for it to happen as a rookie in a franchise that was maybe the last to integrate. As for his relationship, the most important thing is whether or not they love each other. We don’t know why he chose her, or maybe she chose him. We do know that both of them have red blood. As I said in an earlier post, I hope you and the other so called “brothers” will stop making Willie Lynch look like a genius. I know you know who he is but if you don’t go look up what he had to say about how he could make us black people keep our own selves in check for hundreds of years.

  • SportsNut_13

    I remember a day where a white analyst on ESPN tried to play the race card in a conversation about pro football quarterbacks and it was an immediate outrage against him. Why does this guy get special consideration that his comments were legitimate. Does race really matter? RGIII is a tremendous athlete — let’s talk about his talents, not his color or ethnic race.

  • SportsNut_13

    I remember a day where a white analyst on ESPN tried to play the race card in a conversation about pro football quarterbacks and it was an immediate outrage against him. Why does this guy get special consideration that his comments were legitimate. Does race really matter? RGIII is a tremendous athlete — let’s talk about his talents, not his color or ethnic race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigjk61 John Mckenna

    What a racist ass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigjk61 John Mckenna

    Sorry but if you are white and make remarks like that you don`t get the option to lighten up as you say ! Because you are immediately removed and never heard from again !!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigjk61 John Mckenna

    Dude you are 100% correct !! MLK jr. is a man i have great reverence for and if he were alive today Jesse Jackson , Al Sharpton and all the other race hustler`s in this country would be forced to get real jobs !! Now who exactly who gained the most by his death ? Had he lived blacks in this country would have been held to a much higher standard and would not have been able to use the ” PO US ” escape clause every time people have tried to hold them accountable for their actions !!!

  • dpfund

    Skip bay less asking questions about braids on another male, I think he’s a homo piece of shit and ofcourse the video ends right before Stephen A starts to shred these loser anALists

  • Big Daddy

    There is a double standard in this world. Russ Limbaugh was fired for his statement about a black quarterback, he was dismissed not suspended. I also bet Mr. Parker was suspended with pay.

  • bnchy

    Parker is a racist and a bigot and needs to be fired

  • RT

    Until we all stop referring ourselves to Irish-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, etc, etc, and start just calling ourselves Americans–we will continue to divide our Country.

  • GeorgeA

    Isn’t it interesting how when a black man becomes popular and starts to earn big bucks, all of a sudden he has a white woman on his arm? RGIII, Michael Strahan, on and on and on. Is there no reverse racism going on here? Honestly, I totally agree with RGIII’s comments but they are naive at best. The world doesn’t operate like that and we all know it. Would there be the hype there is about this person if he wasn’t black and able to run fast? Anybody remember Michael Vick? The man who flipped off his own fans in Atlanta? I imagine he didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a black QB either but he has made a whole hell of a lot of money because of it and hasn’t achieved a damn thing in the sport. The NFL WANTS their next Doug Williams so a black QB can win it all again and then the black people can shut up about the real underlying problems that plague the sport. They tried it with Donovan McNabb and will continue to try to hype up the black QB until one wins the SB again.
    People have to fight tooth and nail to get anywhere even in this so-called “great” country but if you are a stupid sports jerk, you get an average of 3 something MILLION a year for practicing a little, working out a little and doing something you did for fun when you were a kid. Who cares what the guy said on ESPN? Really? People whould have better things to do than sit around watching First Take. The show is all about hype and risky comments for crying out loud. Should Rob be suspended from a show and network where they WANT you to express your opinion just because he did and a few sensitive people got upset by it? This is all about politically correct bullcrap and shows that ESPN censors their show hosts and contributors in an unfair way only to maintain an image that they THINK they have.

  • Cclem

    Limbaugh quit like all republicans do in order to protect the franchise.

  • Conner bull

    At least RGIII went wif a jigaboo moniker I know I struggle wif dat.

  • jkrush

    RG3 and Tiger Woods don’t care about what color their skin happens to be or what color the skin of others happens to be. They are the African-American men of the future, where black and white are just a colors on a palette. Rob Parker is a racist fossil of the past: a past where people are hung up on skin color. I detect extreme jealousy from Parker when it comes to the success of others. ESPN should fire Rob Parker for his racist comments.

  • thoetis

    white people, wake uo to the racism in the black culture!!!!!!!!! Evolution still has’nt caught up with the black race.

  • Peter R.

    I like Rob Parker…he allright..damn I heard worst, so what

  • VoiceofReason

    You idiot! You do realize that whites being the majority, the majority of individuals on government handouts are white!! Do your math. Every race has lazy asses! DUMB ASS!

  • VoiceofReason

    There are so many idiots on every side of the argument! As a black man I have no problem admitting that there are blacks in this country who are overly sensitive and use race as an excuse. However, there are whites in this country who are overly sensitive and use race as an excuse! There are guilty parties on both sides and guess, what? If there was just one race in this world, there still would be lazy asses who choose to live off tax dollars, it is more of a socio-economical issue than race issue. How about we all do are research prior to holding racist perceptions ourselves!

  • Bulverde

    The guy is a freaking idiot! I tell my boys “when you’re diggin a hole you need to just stop” he should have just stopped!

  • gordo

    I am African American male, but first, I am an American. I believe ESPN should fire, repeat fire this idiot Rob Parker. If a white commentator would have said these comments, they would have been fired. People like Rob Parker enforce the stereotypes of being African America. His comments about, is he a bro, what does this mean? Because he want to be accepted as a quarterback, versus a Black quarterback. This is what we always wanted; accept me on my character and performance, not my skin color. Also, he’s Republican, has a white girlfriend, so what! Rob Parker is the racist twin of what you have in the other ethnicities who make disparaging comments like this about race. Anyone reading this article can truly see through his comments as someone who is out of touch. I understand there is a community of people that think that way, however, if anyone chooses to continue to isolate themselves from mainstream, and have this belief and false perception of a person and ethic group, will only continue the perpetuation of having two Americas. FIRE ROB PARKER!!!

  • gordo

    I am African American male, but first, I am an American. I believe ESPN should fire, repeat fire this idiot Rob Parker. If a white commentator would have said these comments, they would have been fired. People like Rob Parker enforce the stereotypes of being African America. His comments about, is he a bro, what does this mean? Because he want to be accepted as a quarterback, versus a Black quarterback. This is what we always wanted; accept me on my character and performance, not my skin color. Also, he’s Republican, has a white girlfriend, so what! Rob Parker is the racist twin of what you have in the other ethnicities who make disparaging comments like this about race. Anyone reading this article can truly see through his comments as someone who is out of touch. I understand there is a community of people that think that way, however, if anyone chooses to continue to isolate themselves from mainstream, and have this belief and false perception of a person and ethic group, will only continue the perpetuation of having two Americas. FIRE ROB PARKER!!!

  • VBeachGal

    Thank you Mr. Parker
    for continuing the great divide amongst blacks. I would assume that it would be
    beneath him to congratulate a brother. It is rather pathetic that a 22 year old
    is more mature than Mr. Parker. My
    (black) husband and I (black) would hope that our two sons would be defined by
    their character and work ethic as well.

  • VBeachGal

    I hear you on this one…

  • VBeachGal

    Amen

  • VBeachGal

    dido

  • VBeachGal

    WHAT? Whatever

  • VBeachGal

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rdc1974

    Totally inappropriate and bigoted and so many levels it’s not even funny.If a white person had commented in any of the same ways he would never find gainful employment again. The same thing needs to be said about the comments Whitlock made about the NRA being the KKK and the Jeremy Lin comments. They both should be fired for bigoted low character comments but because of their skin color they wont be. Character is no longer the factor of judgement skin color is. That wont last forever unfortunately for those who profit off of it and believe it is a foundation for your actions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.fabre.37 Bryan Fabre

    I dont think this was the right place for this but i not mad with what Rob Parker said. In fact me and my friends have talked about this before… I dont think hes a cornball brother but In the hood rg3 comes off as a uncle tom because he tries to hard to distant himself from being a black qb so much and most other black qbs just embrace i dont think theres any racism here he just asked a question and your stupid if you dont think this is not a disscusion in the black community all you guys are over reacting

  • StilettoJill

    or fans of Sir Mix A Lot…

  • http://twitter.com/olegunny Olegunny

    You are correct Parker, he is not like you. The man is a Summa graduate of a major university you are not in his class.. I hope you have the character to get your ass off TV. You are an embarrassment to yourself and your race.

  • wild willie

    This is the same BS that got Jimmy the Greek Snyder fired from television. He made an off the cuff remark, off the record, in a restaurant about how blacks were better athletes because of their natural ability. A reporter over heard and just had to print it. It cost a very talented man his job. Jimmy the Greek was the odds maker that had Baltimore a 16 point favorite over New York in Super Bowl III. He is deceased now.

  • TrueAmerican

    Tired of the double standards in this country. Blacks get by with everything that would get a white person fired. What are you scared of? Do the right thing. Same rules for all races. Racism is racism. It does not matter what color you are. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • s84629d

    Parker, Smith and Whitlock are all an embarrassment. It’s amazing these hypocritical buffoons are still given a forum. Maybe this is the start of these people being held to some kind of acceptable standard

  • not your crutch

    aishley,, Black people create more problems for black people than any white person living today….quit leaning on the crutch. get over it…i know blaming white people for your failures is the easy way out.

  • not your crutch

    yeah i know…black people just cant move on…they think they’re entitled to everything for stuff most of them never went through. The Truth today is affirmative action actually provided them with things they were not most qualified for . Black people are by far the most racist people out there and they know it.

  • not your crutch

    carlton …you are an idiot…and a racist. And something tell me you spend your time playing the race card…sack of sh*T

  • David

    What the hell is a real brother? This is coming from a so-called brotha? And I see there is a lot of racism going around even by looking at the comment sections, I see why we are not ready for true equality in this nation and perhaps may never, but the point is this. Blacks have been defined by whites what true black has been, embracing those stereotypes that were created by whites does not define what black is, so all the confused brotha’s who seem to embrace these illusion stereotypes I condone you for being apart of that ignorance. However, I don’t think Parker was wrong for his observations on RG3, however, I do believe who he dates and what skin color she is is irrelevant. We know that Woods only dated white woman and hated being associated with “black” people, but I don’t believe if you date out of your social class or identity (black/White/Hispanic ect.) does not make you hate your race or the people you come from. This like race is also an invention by white people, because historically white people did not want to see there women interacting or mixing with black men but sure did not have a problem mixing and interacting with black women. This also combats with modern day genetics as African Americans test positive for the EUropean specific sub clade R1b. in frequencies that range from 30-40% on the Y-chromosome (father to son) and virtually none European DNA on the mtDNA (mother to daughter).
    This is sad and to my disbelief I am ashamed to be American by how these comments beneath me are embarrassing

  • nor

    rg3 is awesome.

  • Scritti Politti

    Why is the name “Becky” ironic?

  • Scritti Politti

    “Beyond reproach”? The guy was suspended, dumb-ass.

  • Scritti Politti

    Don’t pretend that he was pretending to “understand” black people because of some celebrities. You’re just clinging to that strawman so you don’t have to do the real work of facing up to the problems that the community creates FOR ITSELF.

  • Scritti Politti

    We should ask Parker if black people also have a different system of values. Because if he insists that black people should act different from other races, then they are also exempt from being able to complain about the results by comparing their station in life to those of others. I have to behave, learn, speak, and dress a certain way if I’m going to succeed in a given professional realm, for example. You can’t “opt out” of all of those requirements and then bitch that you don’t have what I have.

    I notice that Parker’s wearing a suit. So now he’s going to pick and choose what’s right for all black people from the white man’s trappings, while belittling others for adopting or ignoring other customs? What a low-class hypocrite.

  • Scritti Politti

    “Fox is the ONLY balanced news network”

    This from a guy calling OTHER people idiots. Keep regurgitating what your neighbor said, parrot.

  • Scritti Politti

    Millions of “African-Americans”? I don’t recall boats hauling any of the current generation in from Africa. If you mean black people, say black people. Do you call white people “European-Americans”?

    If you’re proud of who you are, you don’t try to hide it with euphemisms. Black people don’t need you to hide them.

  • dcd

    First of all why does a black guy have to be a “bro”. Why can’t he just be his own person. That comment further perpetuated the stereotypes and why would he give a sh*# about what some guys at a barbershop in Detroit think anyway.

  • Scritti Politti

    “less-than-stellar white women”

    Oh, but if he dated a “stellar” white woman you’d be OK with it? What a low-life hypocrite.

  • Scritti Politti

    He’s just an infant trying to get attention. Next up: throwing food off his highchair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001636800284 Dennis Vest

    It’s strange that while many prominent blacks always want to be viewed by their performance we have idiots like Parker who still expect blacks to follow the leader and stay on the plantation. RGIII is a tremendous talent and deserves to be evaluated by his performance on the field. Off the field he is a fine example of what we would want NFL players to be. Just b/c he is engaged to a white girl and (might be) is supposedly a Republican, so what? This is his private life. I hope this clown from ESPN is forever banned from on-air work. It’s not the first time he has made moronic statements…

  • whiskydick

    Rob Parker is a racist,not that bright,and FIRED,so FIRED.

  • Shooz

    Nothing about his comments surprise me. Rob often crosses the line and seems just a bit out of touch with reality. But, most of the time it’s about things that people don’t care that much about. This time they do. Most people – white, black or whatever love Robert Griffin III.

  • Gettinreal

    My thing with this is why wouldn’t RGIII want to be idenified as African-American and be proud of it. God help him if he makes a miss step in his life (remember O.J.), the white bigots out there will quickly let him know he’s just another black “thug” and “animal”.

  • Douglas Gerry

    I dont agree what Parker said but Espn should take some of blame for letting thing go to air because they have meeting before the show start to discuss what debate they are going have on the show. what producer let this get on air too discuss should be fired this conversation should never be brought up in my opinion

  • Harry_Balzonyah

    I knew this idiot would eventually step on his own d&$?. He compared deer hunting to dog fighting during the Michael Vick fiasco. Hopefully this is permanent.

  • sirtyrone

    Actually, I work for a state disability department. Since I have access to FACTS, it seems that YOU, my obese fried chicken and grits connoisseur, are the dumb ass!
    The percentage of blackies on welfare is > twice that of whites…as we already suspected. Now, don’t you feel even more stupid?

  • sirtyrone

    True. By making a statement declaring that it makes a difference being a “real” brother or not is, in itself, stupidly racist. We should all be American brothers, and STOP segregating ourselves into [black, white, brown, etc.] subgroups.

  • Dean

    The idea that there is a difference between races in the USA is constantly being exascerbated by the black community citing (alleged) allegiance first to their African heritage and secondly allegiance to their American heritage. When they stop calling themselves African-American things will get a lot better. They are Americans.

  • European ancestors

    I am a European American male, aka “white”, and all this race stuff needs to go. Arent we all over this by now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Lee/1115636861 Nathan Lee

    Recheck your facts ass hole. That may be true in your county of your state but nationwide white folks receive more government aid than any other race. Maybe the disability department is where you are best suited.

  • TheMokoda

    The wording in your title is all wrong, Jill. You need to make a clear distinction between that which is CONTROVERSIAL and that which is IGNORANT and STUPID.
    Saying you don’t agree that helmet-to-helmet hits should be fined in the NFL is controversial, in that it will likely spark a debate with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
    What Rob Parker said, basing a man’s ‘Blackness’ on some stupid, 1960’s era criteria? There are no two sides to something like that; it is universally agreed that the whole line of thinking is too stupid to be given any credibility at all.
    And what is it about this that needs to be ‘reviewed’. ESPN had better distance itself from this moron with a quickness, or it will find viewership dropping even more than it already has. I’d say the only thing that needs to be reviewed is Parker’s contract to find out how much they will have to pay him (if anything) while he’s on his way out the door!

  • TheMokoda

    The wording in your title is all wrong, Jill. You need to make a clear distinction between that which is CONTROVERSIAL and that which is IGNORANT and STUPID.
    Saying you don’t agree that helmet-to-helmet hits should be fined in the NFL is controversial, in that it will likely spark a debate with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
    What Rob Parker said, basing a man’s ‘Blackness’ on some stupid, 1960’s era criteria? There are no two sides to something like that; it is universally agreed that the whole line of thinking is too stupid to be given any credibility at all.
    And what is it about this that needs to be ‘reviewed’. ESPN had better distance itself from this moron with a quickness, or it will find viewership dropping even more than it already has. I’d say the only thing that needs to be reviewed is Parker’s contract to find out how much they will have to pay him (if anything) while he’s on his way out the door!

  • Meshach

    OH MY!

  • TheMokoda

    You know, the said thing is not that Parker said what he said. That was just an act of stupidity. The sad thing is that he probably genuinely believes what he said. I couldn’t imagine going through life in that kind of philosophical prison.

  • One Sane Man

    I would read the comments but this is America and the racists never miss a chance to show their ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sherry-L-Howard/1225412467 Sherry L Howard

    If RG3 wasn’t a football player Becky would not be with him she is basic and mousy really RG3 is that the best you can do? I am shaking my head. I am not a fan of RG# anyway he is arrogant and who cares about him anyway.

  • Bill Johnson

    RGIII is right. The trouble with this country is we are not United.Your not a African American,Italian American, English American,Etc. We all are just Americans. Get over your selves and all unite to save this great land. Most European Americans or Oriental Americans don’t have to identify themselves by what country they came from. They are just Americans and proud of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    Why cant he if he wants to be just an American and a NFL QB which is what he is. and a very capable and intelligent young man and I for one am very happy he is a member of the WASHINGTON REDSKINS !! HTTR

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    sounds like you are jealous to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    Well that is one place MR RG3 will never be because his parents brought him up right and put him in the position to be what he is today and what he will be a great American and a great NFL QB

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    you just dont have a clue !!!

  • Louis Walker

    First, Stiletto Jill needs to learn to proofread. Second, re-read RGIII’s comments quoted above. Who else said almost exactly the same thing in one of the most famous speeches in our history? MLK. It’s race baiters like Parker who want to define blacks by in-your-face confrontation instead of dismissing racial stereotypes. They are just as responsible for racism in this country as every sheet-wearing, knuckle-dragging buffoon or skinhead. It IS possible to embrace black culture without meeting someone else’s definition of what being “black” means. Morgan Freeman was asked about how to diminish racism in America. His reply, in part, was “Stop talking about it”. We never hear this kind of garbage from the Hispanic-American or Asian-American communities or other minorities–why do we have to hear it from the Parkers of the black community?

  • Larry Stauth

    Joke or not, if a white man stood on that same stage and joked about being able to “kill black people”, it would be front page across the nation.

    THAT is the true definition of racial biased.

    Agreed, it was a joke, but one must be fair and jokes, comments of race or sexual preference MUST be non-arbitrary and balanced, period. Otherwise, by mere definition, it’s unfair and unequal.

  • gordo

    You are correct, this race stuff is insane and I choose not to be a part of it but treat people as equal sand don’t pre-judge. The problem is, we give these speaking heads too much of attention with their separate and distorted agendas.

  • tom teeters

    Little help please. Why is it ironic that his girlfriend is named Becky?

  • StilettoJill

    I think I’ve shared this several times. There is a song by a rapper named Sir-Mix-A-Lot that came out in the 90’s called “Baby got back” it starts off with two white girls critiquing a black girl’s butt. The words, “Oh my God BECKY, look at her butt” from that point in certain circles when referencing a white girl people refer to them as a “becky.” Just a pop culture reference

  • The New Improved American

    You darkeys and you whiteys….lol! Every now and then a few of you guys escape the stereotypical mold that has defined your strained relations but for the most part reading these blogs reinforces the educated opinion that neither of you are capable of improving your ability to co exist and put race issues behind you by leading by your actions. Everyone wants to trash talk or prove a point to reinforce old race issues but no one wants to lead by example or by their actions. It’s like the never ending story, the “blacks always play the race card and are lazy criminals” vs the “white man is holding me down”. Everyone is proving the point that no matter how far our society advances in race relations, you guys seem genetically predisposed to being stuck on stupid. It’s time to selectively breed darkeys and whiteys out of our society and just have one educated socially adaptable community.

  • palm-tree

    parker is a jerk

  • Eddie

    Well said!

  • mahalo:)

    if RG3 is not black then what does that make Obama. Albino?

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  • pause for thought

    this ties in with that 30/30 show about athletes going broke. So if you don’t dress a certain way, drive a proper car, wear proper jewelry, and don’t speak Ebonics, they call you an Oreo in the Detroit barber shop scene? But then a lot of celebrity. Rush, Stern ,Trump, are controversial and laugh all the way to the bank. Some media types are famous for being controversial rather then the content of what they say. we forgave pys the Koran rapper for saying worse about our troops and their family’s

  • pause for thought

    voice of reason it’s the %, not the total amount.. crime , murder is normally per capita. Of course Mexico city has more crime then Chicago. it is per capita that more accurately shows crime. So if you are 12% of the population per affirmative action logic, you should be entitled to get 12% of the jobs, welfare funds, When saying unemployed we normally use % of the population of a group. Wither senior, male, educated, race, what ever criteria we use. . To say you have 10,000 unemployed, in prison, what ever, doesn’t tell as much as to say 50% of a group is unemployed.

  • lisa jeter

    Someone tell me since when a young black man who is real classy like RG3 is not black enough this young man was raised with such class and is very smart and intelligent.Rob Parker is not suspended any more he got Fired for saying those harsh comments about RG3. Rob is very wrong and he’s paying for those comments real hard.People need to stop being so rude and show more love less being judgemental because this young man is doing a good job in the nfl and calling RG3 finacee becky is not cool at all because calling her becky is wrong. Because calling her becky is the term for i will not go there but she love him and he love her. The point is that Rob parker should not went there with those comments because he lost his job and Dr Martin luther King Jr. is super proud because blacks are standing up high and Slavery were fighting for freedom for all African americans so we have much rights as white people should and this should have been postitve aspects of life and we still have more work to proved but all of us are proud that RG3 handled this in a much classier way and i am proud to be an african-amercian.