ESPN’s decision to suspend commentator Rob Parker for comments he made regarding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has continued to provoke comments in the sports world.
Parker, while appearing on ESPN's First Take last week, was asked about Griffin's role as an African-American quarterback.
"Is he a brother or a cornball brother?" said Parker, who is Black. Subsequently, Parker said he wanted to learn more about Griffin and how he deals with Black teammates and others in Washington.
"We all know he has a white fiancée," Parker said. "There was all this talk about he's a Republican, which, there's no information [about that] at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper as to 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 got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on."
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told the Washington Post in an email that: "Robert can certainly take care of himself.”
He added, “Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say."
Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, weighed in on the topic, telling USA Today Sports, "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."
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