Rob Parker says he’s ‘sincerely sorry’ for RG3 remarks

Days after ESPN suspended him, First Take commentator Rob Parker is attempting to rebuild his image.

On Wednesday, Parker took to Twitter to issue an apology for his recent remarks about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom he accused him of being, among other things, a “cornball brother.”

“I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry,” Parker wrote. “I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN’s reaction. Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught – with dignity, respect and pride. I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.”

There’s been no indication as to the length of Parker’s suspension. ESPN only confirmed it was for an indefinite period while they look into his now-infamous segment. In the meantime, Parker, a Detroit columnist, has fulfilled other obligations, covering the Lions-Cardinals game last Sunday.

Though his comments were completely outlandish and unprofessional, an apology is SOP in these instances. Parker will attempt to work his way back into the public’s good graces, but it hardly guarantees ESPN puts him back on their programming.

Zack Kelberman
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  • Ron Miller

    It’s to bad Parker did not handle himself with dignity and respect that he was supposedly taught. If a white man had said the things he said he would never be put back on the air. I guess the old addege that speaks of one eventually revealing their true thoughts by what pops out of the mouth is true … The only reason he is apologizing is because of the outrage voiced toward his comments. If this had not happened you can bet he would not have apologized ….!!!!

    • RJWJ

      Mr. Miller, I am respectfully responding to a statement found in your post and many others that have been made concerning the Parker, RGIII episode. I am tired of hearing and reading comments saying ” if a white man said…etc” he would never be put back on the air”. The truth of the matter is people like Imus, Stern, Limbaugh, and Cooper, just to name a few, have said things way more shocking than this and they end up with their own shows or higher paying syndicated radio and television shows. They sit still for a NY minute, get a slap on the wrist or more like a pat on the back, and get right back into the game. That won’t be the case with Mr. Parker because he has nowhere near the following that these guys have. What he said was not so bad because of the substance, it was bad because it was an ad hominem (look it up if you don’t know what it means) attack which is terrible no matter who says it because it isn’t based on facts. If RGIII wasn’t playing lights out football he wouldn’t be the subject of conversation period. All RGIII implied to incurr such wrath is that he wanted to be assessed as an NFL quarterback and not a “black” NFL quarterback. I think he earned that by graduating from Baylor in three years and the way he has handled himself as a professional and team captain og his team. Again, my response is in a respectful nature because I’m not trying to get into any deep politics or racial debates. Thanks .

  • Michael

    I personally appreciate the apology myself Mr. Parker because I’ve enjoyed your views on many other debates and matters and I know after reflecting on your comments I feel that you can’t help but deeply regret them. Hope to see you back soon!

  • Vern

    Just another example of black folks hating on other black folks. “Crabs in a bucket.” Just like Jesse Jackson hated on Barack Obama. Wendy Williams hating on Beyonce and so on and so on. We’re always so quick to point the finger at the “white man” when we can’t even get along with each other. It was US who sold our own people into slavery and we’re headed right back there in another 100 years if we don’t change the course. MLK, Jr. said that everyone should be counted for the “content of their CHARACTER” NOT the color of his/her skin. Yet, when an African American doesn’t fit the stereotype that not only White America puts on us, we OURSELVES put on us, we wanna say he/she ain’t a real brotha or sista’. Get a grip. The only “cornball” in this whole process is Parker who resembles the “house nigga” who tells the massa about the other slaves getting ready to escape. Jackass…..

  • carviny

    It seems some things never change when it comes to double standards, this is RGIII 2nd year in the NFL and he’s expected to take his team to great heights. I remember how the same media was ready to declare Cam Newton a bust after 1 year but look at his team record now.
    You don’t want to use the race as a factor but it’s obvious it is when it comes. Take a look at Eli Manning who has been to the super bowl and the year he’s having, Luck in his second year like RGIII started out great and has cooled off. When some players get dumped on from all sides some time it take a toll.