Black ESPN Commentator Suspended For Calling Black NFL QB a ‘Cornball Brother’


Washington Redskin Quarterback Robert Griffin III, a contender for the NFL Rookie of the Year Award, found himself in the spotlight yesterday for something other than his phenomenal running and passing abilities. It seems Sports Commentator Rob Parker, a contributor for ESPN’s “First Take” morning show and who is black like RGIII, doesn’t feel Griffin holds the right ideals for a black athlete:

Parker was providing commentary on a USA Today article featuring RGIII. In this article, Griffin has the audacity to imply he prefers to be defined by his greatness as an athlete and a person, and not his race; an implication Parker apparently took umbrage with. Some of the “controversial” comments of RGIII were:

“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. “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.”


Griffin insists he wants to be judged as a quarterback. Period.

“We always try to find similarities in life, no matter what it is so they’re always going to try to put you in a box with other African-American quarterbacks — (Michael) Vick, (Cam) Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon,” Griffin said. “Warren Moon and Doug Williams really didn’t run that much. That’s the negative stereotype when it comes to African-American quarterbacks, that most of us just run. Those guys threw it around. I like to think I can throw it around a little bit.

“That’s the goal. Just to go out and not try to prove anybody wrong but just let your talents speak for themselves.”

When appearing on “First Take”, Parker took what amounted to some very distasteful shots at RGIII

Rob Parker, a contributor for ESPN’s “First Take” morning show, questioned Griffin’s standing as a black man, asking whether the quarterback was a “cornball brother,” and later saying that the black quarterback is “not one of us.”

“He’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause; he’s not one of us,” Parker said this morning. “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the kind of guy you want to hang out with cause he’s off to something else.”

Parker also questioned the “blackness” of RGIII due to Griffin having a white fiance, and possibly being a Republican. These shots have rightfully led to the suspension of Parker by ESPN pending what spokesman Mike Soltys called via Twitter a “full review”.

The comments were despicable to say the least, and lets be honest — had they been said by a conservative-leaning commentator, that commentator would be without a job today. But they are also comments we have grown to expect from the left, whether race is the issue or as Rob wrote yesterday — gender.


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  • camsaure

    He was only suspended, he will be back because he is NOT a conservative. If he were conservative he would be fired. Rightfully so in any case to make such a racist statement. He just accidentaly spouted off about how the left really thinks without first being cleared to make such a statement. By the way, kudos to Griffin, he appears to be a class act.

    • Bat One

      Parker’s race-baiting screed was anything BUT accidental. He is a typical liberal, plantation-minded, mental midget.

    • Rob

      Yeah, its not like he’s Rush Limbaugh.

      • Matthew

        Rush wasn’t fired immediately either. He was suspended while ESPN reviewed the case to see audience reaction. This guy won’t be back on ESPN.

        • Onslaught1066

          Promoted to MSNBC, perhaps?

    • Spartacus

      He’ll be back because he’s black. Ask anyone in H.R. management how difficult it is to fire a minority employee.

  • Bat One

    Rush Limbaugh, fired by ESPN for rightly questioning the hype surrounding black QB Donovan McNabb AND his ability to consistently play the position at the pro level, must be laughing his ass off about now. Parker should have been similarly fired, or at least encouraged to resign/withdraw a-la Van Jones.

    • Matthew

      Limbaugh was totally wrong about McNabb. McNabb was an excellent QB by any statistical measurement including winning. Limbaugh tried to claim he was a media creation because he was black. It was a BS affirmative action argument and Limbaugh deserved to be fired for not knowing football.

      • Rob

        I don’t think Limbaugh said he was a bad quarterback. Limbaugh said he was an overrated quarterback because the sports media was applying a sort of affirmative action standard.

        You can disagree with that, but it was hardly racist, or valid grounds for banishing Limbaugh from the network.

        • Matthew

          “I don’t think he was that good from the get go.” This was after three straight pro bowls and two NFC Championship games.

          ESPN doesn’t need grounds outside of they think he alienated viewers.

  • yy4u2

    Racism…Democrats need it because they can offer nothing else. Well, besides money they have the govt legally extort.

  • Rob

    I still don’t understand how he reached the conclusion that RGB is a Republican. Is it because he’s marrying a white woman? Or just his lack of authentic blackness in general?

    I thought people weren’t supposed to be defined by the color of their skin…

    • Bat One

      Sadly, it depends on who is doing the defining.

  • LastBestHope

    Mr.Griffin learned the “content of character” lesson that Dr. King taught.

    Mr.Parker is an Obama disciple.

  • The Whistler

    It is racist to demand that others live up to your expectations because of their race.

    • camsaure

      Oh, c’mon now, us Norwegians are required to laugh at Ole and Lena jokes. But in reality, they are funny, we can laugh at ourselves.

      • The Whistler

        The problem with hiring Norwegians is having to retrain them every Monday morning. :-)

        • VocalYokel

          “…every Monday morning.”
          And Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday…

          • Onslaught1066

            Ain’t it the truth :-D

        • camsaure

          LOL, That almost sounds like a racist comment, but, oh yeah, I’m not black so it couldn’t be.

  • VocalYokel

    First Costas and now this ultramaroon.

    What amazes me is the technology that was able to make their lobotomy scars invisible to the naked eye.

    • Onslaught1066

      Tiny brain, tiny incision.

  • Stuart

    Lets see, how about saying what Harry Beliafonte said referring to Republicans, “this black commentator should be thrown in jail for not cooperating and being civil to the cause of unity”! Does this follow the same vein of thought as Harry B?
    In my opinion Robert Griffin the third is more of a man of integrity then the commentator!
    What say you?

  • spud

    At espn once suspended you don’t usually come back. Funny thing how Parker and Jason Whitlock carry that racism from forever around mentality that others had to really endure. Like that show Stephen Smith puts Skip Bayless in his place alot. RG 3 made excellent comment to compare him not to those before him but enjoy him for his own talent. Donavan McNabb had good career but when he left Philly or should I said they traded him away he was done. Andy Reid just lasted 3 more years after that.

  • Snarkie

    Still going with the racism thing, huh?

    This blog is the crystalline pinnacle of why you just lost that election.

    Are you mad at the commentator, ESPN? Doesn’t matter because the point is to post about feuding black dudes?

    Have fun continuing to curb-stomp your party.

    • Proof

      Snarkkkie, it seems that a lot of your race baiting inanity could be attributed to your own crystalline substance habits.

  • bcliff

    Was Obama’s Dad a cornball?

  • cylde

    He said that Griffen was not down for the struggle. What is the “struggle” and has not a millionaire QB won that struggle or a very highly paid announcer? Who exactly is the struggle against and just what is the opposing side supposedly doing?

  • awfulorv

    There’s only one solution, as I see it. Our president, by executive order, must stimulate the invention of lenses which, when installed in glasses, would make all humans appear to be the same color. A Beyonce hue seems about right. This would, obviously, eliminate all discrimination on the basis of skin color. A device, similar to a Harmonica which, when spoken into, would be capable of interpreting Ebonics for the listener would, also, seem to be a much needed, audio, innovation.

  • awfulorv

    Imagine if Hollywood had been as all consumed with race during it’s golden age, as it is today. Hattie McDaniel would have been the head mistress at Tara, Clark Gable’s famous line would have been “Frankly my dear, you’re all a bunch of damn racists”, and Slim Pickens would have shouted, as he rode the bomb down, “This will show those Russian racists whazup”., And, of course, Humphrey Bogart would have emoted, “Play it again Samuel, if it pleases you to do so”.