Sports Media

Why does ESPN let Rob Parker spew foolishness?

I’d suggest Rob Parker is the junior varsity Skip Bayless, but as Jalen Rose hilariously pointed out awhile back upon investigating the ESPN “First Take’’ shrieker’s exaggerated claims about his own high school athletic prowess, it turns out that Bayless is actually the junior varsity Bayless.

Besides, as Parker proved yet again on “First Take” Thursday, he’s doing his best to earn an ESPN varsity letter in spewing foolishness as well as any of his counterparts on that shameless abomination of a program. Here’s what Parker said about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III: “My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is . . . is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? He’s not really. He’s black, 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’d want to hang out with.”


There was more, but that’s more than enough. I’d apologize for giving space to Parker’s nonsense, but I suspect the only way he gets reprimanded for them is if enough offended viewers with an outlet call him out.

Chances are his corporate-ordered “apology” will already have hit e-mail boxes by the time you read this. Meanwhile, the mystery continues as to why a show featuring Bayless and Parker is one any viewer would want to hang out with.

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