Rob Parker’s suspension for his idiotic comments about Robert Griffin III’s status as a black man is about to come to an end. So naturally, Parker went on a community access show in Detroit to try to screw it all up. Appearing on FlashPoint in Detroit, Parker sort of apologizes for his comments, but mainly puts his foot in his mouth and blames First Take producers.
Among the highlights of the interview, Parker said that despite ESPN’s shock, First Take producers knew what he was going to say about Robert Griffin III and allowed him to proceed anyways.
“I mean, we had a discussion inside a pre-production meeting. ” Parker said in the interview. “And not every single word but they knew which way we were going. I think, it’s not just off the cuff, obviously.”
Parker also backed off his apology in a sense, saying that he never claimed he thought RGIII was a “cornball brother”, he was simply raising the question which therefore means he shouldn’t have received the backlash that he got from every human being on the planet.
“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes or famous entertainers or whatever push away from their people. And that’s really what it was about,” Parker said defensively. “We saw with OJ Simpson and some other people where they say, ‘I’m not black, I’m OJ.’ So it’s more about that, not about RG III and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing we’ve battled for years about why people have pushed away from their people.”
To cap things all off, Parker not only basically rescinded his already half-hearted apology, but he said everyone who reacted to his race baiting was out of line for being so upset.
“I mean looking back on some of the comments I can see where people can take it out of context and run with it,” Parker said. “But the response and what happened over the past 30 days with everything was just shocking.”
Parker will be back on the air in a week so be sure to clear your schedule so you don’t miss anymore of his insightful comments.