Earlier today, ESPN’s Rob Parker made some of the most ignorant comments anyone could make during an appearance on Thursday’s First Take.
Parker took things way too far when he questioned whether or not Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “down for the cause” as a black man.
“My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother,” Parker said. “He’s not really. He’s black, he does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with.”
“I want to find about him,” Parker said. “I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people wondered about Tiger Woods.”
Parker explained that he likes Griffin’s braids.
“That’s different, because, to me, that’s very urban,” Parker said. “Wearing braids is, you’re a brother. You’re a brother if you’ve got braids.”
Robert Griffin III’s father Robert Griffin II responded to Parkers comments.
Griffin II told USA TODAY Sports he was baffled by the comments but wouldn’t fire back Thursday night, even though Parker’s remarks ignited the blogosphere and sparked angry social media responses. A few minutes later after his father spoke, Griffin III tweeted to supporters: “I’m thankful for a lot of things in life and one of those things is your support. Thank you.”
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told USA TODAY Sports that Parker’s comments “were inappropriate and we are evaluating our next steps.”
Griffin II said his next steps were to dismiss Parker’s remarks.
“He needs to define what ‘one of us’ is. That guy needs to define that,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.
“Robert is in really good shape on who he is, where he needs to get to in order to seek the goals he has in life … so I don’t take offense.”
Griffin II is a really strong man to come out and comment on the situation. I don’t know if I could have held back my emotions on the matter. Especiallt if someone was talking about my son.