Since we reported on the asinine race baiting comments by Rob Parker on ESPN First Take, it is only fair to point out that Parker has issued an apology for his remarks that got the Twitterverse talking. Following his comments, Parker was suspended indefinitely by ESPN. His apology likely comes in hopes that he will be able to return to television sooner rather than later.
Here is what Rob Parker had to say in his apology:
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.
It does come across as a very sincere apology from Parker and one that he needed to issue. Parker went way off base when he was discussing the issue of Griffin’s race, but it is not a path that he meant for the conversation to take.
Hopefully Parker has learned his lesson and will avoid such careless remarks moving forward in his career.