ESPN has decided not to renew Rob Parker’s contract, after Parker was suspended for questioning RG3’s blackness on First Take, asking whether he was a “cornball brother.” According to SBJ’s John Ourand, the decision was made before his interview.
Statement via ESPN PR:
"Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew."
Cutting ties with Parker was not surprising. It was the easy PR move, peripheral to the true problem: the editorial process that allowed such subject matter to air. Thoughtful racial discourse should be welcomed. There’s a difference between being thoughtful and using race to troll for ratings.
Related: Rob Parker Calls RG3 a “Cornball Brother,” Then Questions His “Blackness” For Being a Republican and Having a White Wife
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