Rob Parker has been suspended indefinitely by ESPN because of controversial racial comments he made Thursday about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Following yesterday’s comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said. “We are conducting a full review.”
Parker on “First Take” had asked whether RGIII is “a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not real. Okay, he’s black, he kind of does the 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 guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.”
Robert Griffin II, Griffin’s father, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, “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.”