Rob Parker, you sir are an ass. As an African American male, that I’m guessing you would paint as a “cornball”, I am extremely disappointed in your on air comments. Who are you to judge an athlete based on his views on politics and the race of his fiancé? You do nothing more but divide the African American race even more by making comments like this.
For those that have not heard what happened on ESPN’s First Take, this is what happened:
Rob Parker: “But my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is: Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?”
Cari Champion: “What does that mean?”
Skip Bayless: “Explain that.”
Parker: He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the 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 guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.
Champion: “Why is that your question?”
Parker: “Well because that’s just how I want to find out about him. I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican, which, I don’t really care, 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.”
Mr. Parker, let me explain something to you. Being black is not how one acts… It is a race that you are. He had to deal with the same things you had to deal with. He got treated the same way you got treated. He got the same looks that you got. Just because someone speaks proper English, might vote republican and has a white fiancé, doesn’t not make him any less black than you. After this, I am glad you lost your job in Detroit, and I will be glad when you lose your job with ESPN, because you are racist against your own type, and you sir, are the real cornball.