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Old 12-13-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Default ESPN Rob Parker asked if RGIII is a brother, "“He’s not really"



ESPN commentator on RG3: “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really”

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 13, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently said in a recent interview that he didn’t want to be defined as an African-American quarterback. One ESPN commentator says that raises questions about Griffin.

In fact, ESPN’s Rob Parker said Thursday morning on First Take that as an African-American, he has a lot of questions about Griffin.

“My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother,” Parker said. “He’s not really. He’s black, he does his 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 kind of guy you really want to hang out with.”

Parker said he wants to know more about Griffin’s personal life before he can accept Griffin as authentically black.

“I want to find about him,” Parker said. “I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people wondered about Tiger Woods.”

Asked by fellow panelist Skip Bayless about the fact that Griffin braids his hair, Parker said that’s an aspect of Griffin that he approves of.

“That’s different, because, to me, that’s very urban,” Parker said. “Wearing braids is, you’re a brother. You’re a brother if you’ve got braids.”

Another panelist on the show, Stephen A. Smith, said he wasn’t comfortable with how Parker had framed his argument.

“First of all, let me say this: I’m uncomfortable with where we just went,” Smith said when asked to respond to Parker. “RG3, the ethnicity or the color of his fiancee is none of our business, it’s irrelevant, he can live his life in whatever way he chooses. The braids that he has in his hair, that’s his business, that’s his life, he can live his life. I don’t judge someone’s blackness based on those kinds of things. I just don’t do that. I’m not that kind of guy.”

I asked an ESPN spokesman whether the network had any response to Parker’s comments on the air and will post it if ESPN does issue a response. But ESPN obviously thought Parker’s comments were worth repeating: When Best of First Take aired on Thursday afternoon, the show ended with a replay of the discussion about Griffin.

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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, I just heard this on podcast because I was curious.

First of all, this was comments from RGIII during his presser when he was ASKED questions by a reporter doing a special piece on Martin Luther King, Jr

I love how ESPN continues to play the race card just to bump up the ratings.

If you are really interested in how genuine in his answers RGIII was simply go to redskins.com and listen to the end of his press conference from yesterday, 12/12/2012

btw, seems like Parker is getting destroyed on his twitter. I thought the female host was about to burst out at him like "are you ****ing serious right now, lol"
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Guess K Fed really is black after all
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:33 PM   #5
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Oh geez, what an idiot, fire this freaking moron, if he was white we all know he'd be gone.
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Well THAT was an awkward convo. Really? Is he black? Now we're taking about HOW black someone is on National tv? Wonder how white Peyton Manning qualifies as. Ffs this seems pretty ridiculous.
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Well THAT was an awkward convo. Really? Is he black? Now we're taking about HOW black someone is on National tv? Wonder how white Peyton Manning qualifies as. Ffs this seems pretty ridiculous.
Peyton Manning is as white as snow.
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RGIII reminds me of Ed McCaffrey.
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I actually used to like that show
Then I stopped watching it when every other topic was about Tebow

Looks like I havent missed anything, it is still garbage for ratings
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Race only matters to racists.
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I will try and put a quote that makes no sense at all

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How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!”

- Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman: Obama not first black Prez!

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012...rther-movement




“They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white - very white, American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is,” Freeman said, apparently referring to the president’s American status.

“America's first black president hasn't arisen yet,” he continued. “He's not America's first black president — he's America's first mixed-race president


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I dislike white racists, black racists, and all other racists equally. The reporter is a black racist who doesn't have a clue.
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Robert Griffin III. Obviously he has two brothers.
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You mean a father and grandfather right?
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Robert Griffin III. Obviously he has two brothers.

Yeah. George Foreman and George Foreman.
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It seems to me that Rob Parker should change his name to a more "brutha" sounding name, since he's concerned about "blackness".
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