Rob Parker seemed destined to be the latest one-time sports reporter to move up the ladder by needlessly and pointlessly irritating the general public. Skip Bayless turned into a household name by doing just that; Stephen A. Smith rejuvenated his dying career by following Skip’s example.
And Parker, naturally, was supposed to be next. In fact, he was slated to get his own First Take weekend show.
But then he crossed the line.
Last month, during an episode of First Take, Parker openly questioned Robert Griffin III’s blackness because the young quarterback dared to have a white fiancée. He then posed this question: “Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?"
Shortly after he uttered that shockingly stupid sentence, ESPN suspended him and said that they would decide what to do with him in the new year.
Well, apparently they’ve decided.
ESPN: "Evaluating our needs and [Rob Parker's] work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal."— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 8, 2013
ESPN is not saying much beyond the statement, but it's clear Parker's comments to ClickOn Detroit hit a nerve. htl.li/gA0Vx— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 8, 2013
Source: ESPN made the decision to end its relationship with Rob Parker before his ClickOn Detroit interview was published.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 8, 2013
It’s great that the World Wide Leader is getting rid of this joker, however, one can’t help but wonder why he is the only one getting punished. After all, he was just following the example set by Skip Bayless and his sidekick.
Keep an eye on First Take’s tone over the next few months, it will be interesting to see if any adjustments are made to the way the show is run in light of recent events.