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(VIDEO) ESPN Analyst Asks If Robert Griffin III is a “Cornball Brother”, Snowballs From There


Good lord people, how many articles about race in sports am I going to have to seethe through before my head explodes. First, we had race-baiting from Stephen A. Smith about the criticism of Cam Newton and then Warren Moon got in on it. But even Stephen A. Smith was made uncomfortable by comments made by ESPN First Take analyst Rob Parker on Robert Griffin III’s “brotherhood”.

If there was a highlight film of foot in mouth moments, Parker’s bizarre tirade on Thursday’s edition of First Take would be the climax.

Before I unleash the stupidity onto you, let me try and give you the jist of what Parker was babbling about. The topic of debate somehow got onto Robert Griffin III’s race (you know, because that’s the most important thing about his game…), and from there Parker launched into a very awkward critique of not Griffin III’s game, or his inability to slide and reduce the damage on his body.

Rather Parker started on about RGIII’s braids and their correlation to his “brotherhood” and it all snowballed from there. Parker went on to say that he’s not sure if RGIII is “a brother or a cornball brother”, saying that he’s not sure he’s a guy black people would want to hang out with — the premise being RGIII is too white to be black.

Parker cites random facts like RGIII’s white fiancé, or the fact that there are rumblings he’s a Republican.

You can tell that once Parker started, he probably wanted to stop but he just couldn’t contain himself. This doesn’t make Parker a racist, it just makes him stupid. Race baiting in sports has become about as trendy as the games themselves. It’s a stupid trend, it’s a lame trend and it needs to stop.

What does RGIII need to do to be black? I was brought up thinking it was just a skin pigmentation and nothing more. RGIII is black, alert the press because so are 42 million other Americans in this country. What is troubling is what Parker was insinuating, that RGIII needs to not be marrying a white woman, be a democrat and I’ll stop there but you see where this is going.

It’s not that Parker inserted his foot directly into his mouth, it’s that said foot was full of racial nuclear bombs. He was saying RGIII needs to do more black things — what the hell does that mean?

You know you’ve said too much and gone too far when Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith give you the I don’t know that guy treatment.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.black.1654700 Courtney Black

    Rob Parker is a racist, pure and simple. Fire him immediately!

  • TAZMOSIS

    So, Parker. What issue is it that you think that RGIII has? Is his”issue” is that he is black but doesn’t act black? And how exactly should he act? Should he use bad grammer? Should he speak with “ebonics”? Instead of this and that, should it be “dis and dat”? If I were RG and I saw you on the street, I would ask you just what did you mean about me being engaged to a white girl? If you were white and on “First Take” and came up with that crap, you’d be gone before you could get to the break. But because you are black, I guess it’s all right with ESPN, the”World Wide Leader” in sports, for you to come off being a racist. I guess you could be considered a reverse racist. What you are is disgrace to your race!

  • Steve Haynes

    Rob stop it dude RG3 is educated and comes from a military home where he was raised by both parents. He’s the product of the “cause” mission accomplished right? You sir are what brothers and cornball brother’s call a Hater! Hey Rob how many brother’s were you trying to help while you were brown nosing up the ESPN ladder you loser.

  • grumpy3625

    Well Mr. Parker: I’m white and I can’t do a damn thing about that and I’ll tell you something you may need to learn: I am what I am. I don’t try to talk and act like blacks when I’m with blacks; I don’t try to talk and act like rednecks when I’m with rednecks; I’m comfortable with what and who I am and it radiates in a positive and genuine way with the relationships I have with young and old, white or black or red or yellow, whatever. I would love to hang out with Robert Griffin because he is exactly what a person should be: comfortable in his skin; respectful; honest; accountable; hard working; responsible and he would make a good husband for any woman of any damn color. On the plus, plus side he also has the integrity and fortitude to choose for himself his political and philosophical leanings. If you are comfortable enough to talk to him without it being a threat to you and the pressure you feel from your peer group, please tell him that old 69 year old grumpy3625 (google me) appreciates men like him and I would be honored to shake his hand like the honor I was fortunate to have when I was able to shake the hand of another great QB, Roger Staubach, after a game that Dallas lost to the Redskins at JFK stadium. Go Skins! Go RGlll and all his teammates. Invite me to the wedding Mr. Griffin.