ESPN not renewing Rob Parker’s contract

Comments about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s “blackness” have cost commentator Rob Parker his job, ESPN announced Tuesday.

The network said it will not renew its contract with Parker, who was suspended last month for his remarks on “First Take.” During a Dec. 13 episode, Parker pointed out that Griffin is engaged to a white woman and is rumored to be a Republican.

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” Parker said.

On Dec. 19, Parker released an apology on his Twitter account, @RobParkerESPN.

“I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry,” Parker wrote. “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’re all taught – with dignity, respect and pride.”

The following day, ESPN announced Parker was suspended for 30 days. Parker’s contract expired at the end of the year.

“Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RG III comments, we decided not to renew his deal,” an ESPN spokesperson said Tuesday.

54 comments Add your comment

JB

January 8th, 2013
9:32 pm

Lesson learned by others also. Acting white ( believing in self reliance and voting republican is OK.) It’s not evil. Glad the dude was fired. RGB3 is proud of his life, and if not carrying a sign and down with the cause acting is BS. Good for him

Left Coast Dawg

January 8th, 2013
9:34 pm

Parker was telling the truth though. But, you can’t always speak the truth and not suffer consequences.

Texas Pete

January 8th, 2013
9:38 pm

I think it’s funny how people were saying “if Parker were white he’d be fired”. Well, I guess so.

Cornbread, Earl and Me

January 8th, 2013
9:43 pm

Part of getting an NFL contract is getting a token wf. Follow the Benjamins! Was shocked someone was held accountable for stereotyping that wasn’t white.

gkelly

January 8th, 2013
9:43 pm

Racism comes in all colors.

Brush on four

January 8th, 2013
9:49 pm

Ever listed to black talk radio? Two minuts made me sorry I was ever born white in the USA. What Parker said was NOTHING. He could easily get a job on black talk radio and let the words fly.

F. Sinkwich

January 8th, 2013
9:51 pm

Parker is a race baiting putz.

Just like LCD.

People like them just can’t stand bros leaving the plantation…

Brent Musberger

January 8th, 2013
10:01 pm

But what does his girlfriend look like?

Predatory Lender

January 8th, 2013
10:18 pm

Justice served!

@ Brent Musberger

January 8th, 2013
10:22 pm

@ Brent Musberger

January 8th, 2013
10:29 pm

WOW! She is gorgeous!! What a beautiful woman! If you live in Texas or the Washington area – you better get out the football and start passing it around. These are the women the QB’s are getting!! WOW!! Etc., etc., etc. etc.

@1st Amendment

January 8th, 2013
10:34 pm

I guess freedom of speech isn’t really free!!!!!!!

Bob C

January 8th, 2013
10:52 pm

Freedon of speech? Wasn’t he getting paid by ESPN? As a paid employee of the ESPN, would you want him spouting such nonsense? Freedom of speech is on YOUR time, not your employers’.

Truth

January 8th, 2013
11:31 pm

Freedom of speech does exist however it does not free one of consequences. Ask Parker and this is not the first time he has been the center of controversial comments.

tom

January 8th, 2013
11:36 pm

His apology was false. Trying to cover his butt. Great move to let him go.

Dawgma

January 8th, 2013
11:46 pm

Can’t a brother get a break? LMAO – probably voted for Obama even though he’s the ultimate “cornball brother”.

Tundra Dude

January 9th, 2013
12:20 am

Dawgma:
probably voted for Obama even though he’s the ultimate “cornball brother”.

Exactly. He should get a job as political commentator.
If he says “Obama’s not down with the cause”, he’d be 100% correct!

5150 UOAD

January 9th, 2013
12:44 am

never heard of the guy before and will not have to hear about him again……Brent is old enough to know better for sure.

tmc

January 9th, 2013
12:52 am

Freedom of Speech? Everyone has the freedom of speach…
You can say whatever you want, but no one is immune from consequences.

Something that has been lost in the country for several years.

Let's Be Real

January 9th, 2013
2:08 am

It took 16 posts until someone mentioned Obama in a topic that is not about politics. Not bad. Expected it within 10 to be honest.

Maybe we’ll make it to page 2 next time.

Keep up the good work, bigots.

Jay are

January 9th, 2013
2:36 am

That is a discussion and debate that us black men have at the barbershop.. And it should have stayed there. Come on Rob you should have known better. Not a topic for a national audience. Regardless if he is a “uncle Tom” or not, it should not have been said on ESPN. I knew he was getting fired the moment it came out his mouth. Lol… But at the end of the day who cares about RG3″s preferences in women or political issues. He is a good role model for African American youth, pronounces his words correctly, and an exceptional athlete… Lol Rob cleared his desk as soon as they went to a commercial break that morning. Lol. The funniest part was when skip bayless said.. ” doesn’t he have braids?” lol

HAN

January 9th, 2013
2:53 am

I wonder if ESPNY fired Parker to make room for the Accessory to Murder? I wonder if “racism” is a bigger no-no than murder to ESPNY? Do we live in the country where if you participate in a murder, you get glorified and hired by the sports media, but if you pray to Jesus after a touchdown, you get eviserated by the same people who are hiring the Accessory?

What a country!

dcstan

January 9th, 2013
4:27 am

hey white folks ever hear of Rush Limbaugh or Neil Bortz or whatever his name is, talking about racebaiting. Does it make you feel better knowing we have stupid people like you all do.

drew

January 9th, 2013
5:39 am

OK…can a brother enlighten me?
What the hell is a “cornball brother”?
And yeah, I’m white.

Mr. Duh

January 9th, 2013
6:06 am

Mr. Parker’s racist comments were uglier than Michelle 0bama.

Rob Parker would feel right at home on the staff of the AJC.

He could be the new “Terrence Moore,” only with less talent, common sense, sports acumen oe intent to bash caucasian athletes and sports figures only.

Mr. Duh

January 9th, 2013
6:09 am

To be fair, though, Cornballs are actually quite delicious.

My brother & I used to make them all the time.

Mr. Duh

January 9th, 2013
6:11 am

ESPN will simply replace this unqualified, unstable Affirmative-Action hire with another one.

If you want racist-free NFL coverage, why are you still watching ESPN if your cable or satellite provider delivers NFL Network to your home?

Mr. Duh

January 9th, 2013
6:15 am

It is probably best the network got Rob Parker out of there BEFORE he could say something even more stupid or racist to incoming NFL analyst (& alleged murderer) Ray-Ray Lewis who would offer a completely different type of retort.

Huh?

January 9th, 2013
6:37 am

Is there a special committee in the black community that decides the degree of “blackness” for every black person? Do they give you guys a score? Sounds like Parker is jealous of the guy that was smarter and more athletic than him.

Ben

January 9th, 2013
7:10 am

Really?? Mr.Duh..Michelle Obama..now you’re being ugly…

America

January 9th, 2013
7:19 am

@ F. Sinkwich, but don’t leave the plantation with the massa’s wife! @ Huh? Yes! You would be a minus life! You would not survive. RGIII is okay, it’s just his values that are f*** up! PEACE.

Senor Coughee

January 9th, 2013
7:39 am

His values are f’d up? Seriously? Sounds as if YOU’RE values are f’d up. PEACE

Jay Black

January 9th, 2013
7:44 am

There are racists all up and down these comments.

Atltwen

January 9th, 2013
7:50 am

Maybe it’s just me, but didn’t Rob Parker come off as a “cornball” by using the word “cornball?”

And he is lacking when it comes to reading body-language of the young black man. Ever seen RGIII give some dap? It’s all straight brotherhood right there! A “cornball” would not be interested in all the gestures — trust me.

On merit, Parker was one of the few journalists who had experience to match Skip Bayless topic-for-topic and credentials demand his respect as a panelist on First Take. Dang!

Paddy

January 9th, 2013
7:57 am

1st Amendment……..ESPN did not violate his freedom of speech. He was a payed employee and caused damage to their product. Any company has the right to protect itself from its own employees and take appropriate actions.

Farcus

January 9th, 2013
8:02 am

That’s a start for espn and a good one. Now fire some of the other boneheads that sound off every week and are complete morons.

Call It Like It Is

January 9th, 2013
8:03 am

My only question. What took them so long? And on a unreleated topic, is anybody really that upset over Musbergers comments about that fine looking Alabama girl. I got a kick out of it.

Ray

January 9th, 2013
8:05 am

There is no special committee to determine how black someone is it’s just been there forever though now at least.

Heck when I was in school although I am black people called me white even white friends of mine said I’m more white, and for the most part it’s because I didn’t watch/relate to things most blacks were doing. I’m not saying committing crimes other crap like that, but simple stuff.

A lot of blacks don’t watch Anime like that those that do are considered Nerds. If you played Video Games too much that was also something else contributing to whiteness. I’m only using what happened to me it could be different everyone.

I must say I do somewhat feel sorry for Rob Parker it was out of line, but when he did bring up the Tiger Woods situation I had to agree with him at that point.

As for the whole racism crap that people keep saying this comment section is I have yet to see anyone degrade any race and say mine is superior, or something in that manner.

Vampire Bill

January 9th, 2013
8:16 am

As a 54 year old white male who grew up in NY and has lived in Atlanta since 91, I can say that virtually all of the racism I’ve encountered has been instigated by a black person towards a white person. I work in downtown Atlanta and I see it almost daily.

MAWM Dan

January 9th, 2013
8:19 am

A lot of you need to look up the definition of Racism…get over yourselves guys. If you want to be treated like everyone else, that means getting the same kind of lame a** bias and prejudice we all deal with, daily. You can’t have it both ways and being black doesn’t mean you should go through life so super damn sensitive.

Parker was just ignorant, and in fact his comments were more degrading than anything. To be really “Black” whatever that means you have to be a cornball brother? Is speaking well, having a steady job, etc. being an uncle Tom? Come on…

Buzztime

January 9th, 2013
8:28 am

People have such thin skin these days. I thought Rob Parker was fun to watch even though I wouldn’t agree with half of what he said. I like HONEST opinons not what damn network would have you believe. Liberalizing of America and they fire the Liberal Ironic don’t you think?

Mike

January 9th, 2013
8:30 am

The great unstated problem in America today is BLACK RACISM….it used to be white racism, but now that things have changed, way too many blacks seem to feel/believe it’s something that gives them the right to be racist without criticism.

Racism is racism folks, and the sooner everyone wises up, especially liberal media and guilty white folks, and is honest about it, the better off we will ALL be.

mgdawg

January 9th, 2013
8:32 am

RG3 handles himself in a way that should be celebrated, not looked down upon. He isn’t having run-ins with the law, he isn’t having confrontations with officials, he isn’t having problems with his coaches or teammates. He is acting how an athlete should act and it is sad that some people want him to act differently.

Average Guy

January 9th, 2013
8:33 am

HAN, you are incorrect! It was not murder as there was no malice aforethought.

mgdawg

January 9th, 2013
8:38 am

as for musberger, he shouldn’t be fired but it is time to retire. The guy is too old, and the one comment was ok, but he kept on bringing it up.

North Georgia Jimmy

January 9th, 2013
8:44 am

some of you mentioned freedom of speech etc etc. remember Jimmy the Greek – he got fired for a whole lot less than this clown said. Blacks thinks they can say anything such as that and get away with it. works both ways dude

gt4ever

January 9th, 2013
8:47 am

What a complete JOKE espn has become…. I mean, didn’t they just hire Ray Lewis…? Good Grief, who is running that asylum…

Rob Parker

January 9th, 2013
9:40 am

Brother, this Cornball recipe is delicious !!

bmike

January 9th, 2013
10:31 am

there are a bunch of sick people on this message board. people get a grip

Roll tide!

January 9th, 2013
11:43 am

Ray lewis the Atlanta shooter!!!!!!!!!!!!