By Victor Trammell
ESPN sports commentator Rob Parker set the media and blogosphere on fire with his foolish televised comments yesterday. Instead of staying in his lane of being critical of an athlete’s ability or lack thereof, Parker exploded with futility and played the race card. In his idiotic tirade, he questioned the “blackness” of Robert Griffin III, (RG3) star quarterback for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin II, RG3’s father has taken the high road in response to Parker’s meaningless public psychobabble. Robert Griffin II is a U.S. millitary veteran who has obviously done a good job raising a successful young son who is a model athlete both on and off the field. He did an interview with the USA Today and gave his opinion of Parker’s scathing remarks about his son. He quoted:
“He needs to define what ‘one of us’ is. That guy needs to define that; I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up. Robert is in really good shape on who he is, where he needs to get to in order to seek the goals he has in life … so I don’t take offense.” (USA Today)
RG3 took to Twitter to express appreciation for his father and thanked him for his support. He tweeted:
“I’m thankful for a lot of things in life and one of those things is your support. Thank you.”
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys also talked with USA Today and stated that the network is evaluating this incident and will take the proper steps to deal with it from a disciplinary standpoint. If Parker loses his job, hopefully he will learn a valuable lesson about professionalism.