Rob Parker Out at ESPN as ‘Cornball Brother’ Suspension Ends
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – ESPN will not renew the expiring contract of the commentator made infamous for calling Robert Griffin III a ‘cornball brother’ in December.
On Dec. 13, Rob Parker said on ESPN’s ‘First Take’ that RGIII deserved to have his standing as a black man questioned because he has a white fiancée and was rumored to be a Republican. He then labeled the Washington quarterback a ‘cornball brother.’
ESPN announced days after the abrasive words were spoken that Parker had been suspended for 30 days, and now says it will not renew his contract.
“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year’s end,” said an ESPN spokesperson. “Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal.”
“He’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause; he’s not one of us,” Parker said on Dec. 13. “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the kind of guy you want to hang out with cause he’s off to something else.”
Parker gave his first on-air interview since his suspension on WDIV-TV in Detroit Sunday, clarifying the controversial segment came from normal, everyday conversations that happen in the black community and was not intended to be directed at Griffin.
In the interview, Parker said he had gone over what he planned on saying with ESPN staff during a pre-production meeting, and they had an idea of where the conversation was going to go.
“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes or famous entertainers or whatever push away from their people,” Parker said. “That’s what it’s about.”
He also explained that his comments were never meant to condemn Griffin, adding that “RGIII is a great young man with a bright future.”