Rob Parker, the ESPN commentator whom the network fired on Tuesday, said on Sunday that he called Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother" because he feels Griffin is the type of black athlete that pushes "away from their people."
In an interview with a Detroit television station on Sunday, Parker said:
“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”
When asked if he was claiming that Griffin was not "black enough" for him, Parker denied he was doing that:
“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t black enough,” Parker said. “And so when people say that…it’s just not true…I was saying these are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away. So, it was never aimed at him or I was calling him that. I’m saying these are the conversations that take place.”
When Parker initially made those comments, for which ESPN suspended him for a month, he said Griffin was a "cornball brother" and implied blacks were questioning his "blackness" because Griffin had a white fiance and may be a Republican.
He was due to return to the air this month.
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