ESPN’s Parker Proclaims Himself Judge Of All Black Men

Rob-Parker-judge-of-all-black-men

What in Tarnation? I don’t know why people are going wild about ESPN’s Rob Parker’s comments on First Take Thursday morning.

 

The Detroit News, who Parker previously worked for, suspended him for making up a story on Kirk Cousins in 2008. Parker had to publicly apologize. He has a history of doing stupid things.

 

Now the self-proclaimed leading voice of all people of color wants to know if RGIII is “really black”.

“My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? 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.”

This is incredibly offensive to me just as a human being. Right there you are seeing a divisive statement against an individual of color that clearly makes the point that we are different from one another, and against one another. Parker said he can’t accept Griffin as authentically black until he knows more about his personal life. It would be laughable if it wasn’t a sign of the times where privacy is as common as seeing a dinosaur on the street.

“I want to find about him…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.”

Steven A. Smith responded by saying,

“First of all, let me say this: I’m uncomfortable with where we just went…RGIII, 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.”

Truth be told, I am a big fan of Steven A., because I have never heard of him being disrespectful to anyone. He may offer his honest opinion, which he always states is his opinion, but he won’t be rude and dismissive to anyone, and I respect that. He says what he feels, which I can relate to. 🙂

 

But not to digress, that was exactly what I was thinking. It’s none of Parker’s damn business what RGIII believes in, does, or acts like. The only thing Parker should be concerned about is how RGIII performs on the field. Off the field, as long as RGIII, or any athlete for that matter, does not break the law, his business is his business, and NO ONE else’s.

 

Granted RGIII puts himself in the spotlight by being a celebrity, and thus, subject to a certain amount of satire. Make fun of him if you want to, but to have his identity questioned is disrespectful from one person to another. It’s like saying on national TV, “I’d like this player, so and so, to prove to me that he’s not gay, because he seems to act gay.” Or “I don’t believe that this woman is really a woman, I think she had a sex change operation.” Isn’t that disrespectful and none of your damn business? Would you say that on national TV??? Maybe Parker would, because he is what he is.

 

So MY question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is Parker a journalist, or is he a cornball journalist? He’s not really. He’s a journalist, he does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of a journalist, but he’s not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with.

 

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Like this story?
Like TARNATION! Sports on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Check out our Sports Gifts for the holiday season!

 
 

Please like & share:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *