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They used to say the last refuse of a scoundrel was religion. Samuel Johnson said it was patriotism. But in 21st century America, the last refuse of a scoundrel is “context.” Racist sports analyst Rob Parker, currently on 30 day suspension from ESPN, has essentially doubled-down on his cornball brother statement about Robert Griffin III despite having apologized earlier. Like most who get caught with their foot in their mouth, he blames the listeners for taking him out of context.
“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.”
The only thing RGIII has done to “push away” from “his people” that we know of is he’s become a self-made man; a success. Sadly, this is the standard definition given to an “Uncle Tom” or the newly minted “Cornball Brother.” Is it RGIII’s responsibility now that he’s a millionaire athlete to bring others along with him for the ride? Is setting an example for others to follow not enough? For racists like Rob Parker, it’s the ultimate sin. Parker doesn’t mind black people being rich as long as they act like thugs, marry black girls, support the welfare state and generally make asses of themselves to everyone around them.
“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.”
I don’t know a lot about RGIII’s personal life and whether he’s “pushed away” people he grew up with. Maybe he has…none of my business, but based on my reading of RGIII, the man, I doubt he had many thugs in his life to push away. In short, RGIII has captured the American Dream and that’s what really gets under the skin of men like Parker, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest. You can make a lot of money, but as a black man you must bow down to their alter or be labeled accordingly. Down for the struggle? Struggle’s over. RGIII won.
UPDATE: ESPN fires Parker.
But does he really? Here’s his statement:
I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN’s reaction. Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught – with dignity, respect and pride. I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.
Bullshit. His mask slipped and he got caught, so he’s covering his ass in order to save his career, but let’s look at the much deeper problem.
I believe the intended topic is a worthy one.
That’s his problem right there. No, it’s not a worthy topic. It should be a non-issue. When MLK said we should be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, do people think he was just riffing? just throwing out ideas? If the so-called civil rights activists really meant most of the things they say, RGIII’s race wouldn’t be discussed at all, but the truth of the matter is the goal of these civil rights activists and pundits isn’t equality, it’s race separatism.
The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.
Wrong again. What, pray tell, is productive about focusing on race? Give me one positive that comes out of that?
Bottom line…he’s a racist asshole and ESPN is guilty by association for fostering this dreck in their desire to be “edgy.” But what bothers me more is this both-ways crap. ESPN should either say we’re not going there and cancel that First Take show altogether or go for broke and say this is what we do and if you don’t like it, don’t watch. But like Joe Manchin, they’d rather walk the tightrope. Screw ‘em.
Thus Spat Zarathustra
I’ll just say it right up front: Until enough African Americans are willing to go to the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, pretty much all of the Congressional Black Caucus and now, ESPN’s Rob Parker, and say “We reject you!” there is no hope for blacks in this country to rise above the socio-economic level in which most reside. It’s comparable to solving the fiscal cliff…unless the negotiations involve entitlements reform, all the talk is just sound a fury signifying nothing.
Background to this rant from ProFootballTalk:
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.”
Again, it’s a hopeless cause. Sorry if that cuts too close to the bone for some, but nothing is going to change for blacks with this kind of mentality. Nothing.
Thus Spat Zarathustra
It was bound to happen. After a report on the ownership situation of the St. Louis Rams, John Saunders of ESPN quipped, “Dave Checketts is a solid individual, I don’t know what he’s doing hooked up with Rush Limbaugh right now, as a matter of fact.”
It’s one of those things that never ceases to amaze many of us on the political right. We constantly hear from the political left how America is an evil country. Why is it evil? Because it’s violent, imperialistic, it starts wars, in fact, it’s nothing more than a fascist tyranny some say. Okay, if we accept this premise, then why are the heroes of the political left so often people who practice, well, fascism?
Case in point, Jonah Goldberg has put himself in line for some serious hate mail as he post a column in the LA Times today deriding ESPN for honoring Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their Black Panther salute during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. What do (or did) the Black Panthers stand for? Violence. Armed conflict with the United States. Murder of police officers. Is this what ESPN honors?
Well, of course not, they’ll say if pressed. It’s all about Radical Chic as Goldberg points out. It doesn’t matter that Black Panthers were a black version of the Nazi Party. Honoring them makes ESPN feel good and gives them street cred and that’s all that really matters. John Adams said facts are stubborn things. To the political left, they are the enemy.
ESPN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit convinced ESPN to report all morning that Les Miles to Michigan was a done deal. Now, the sports network is backtracking faster than a rock-and-roll tribute band. Oops.
ESPN has formally announced that Michael Irvin won’t be back for the 2007 season.
“Michael will not be with us this fall,” ESPN spokesman Bill Hoffheimer said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Hoffheimer reportedly stressed that Irvin had not violated any contractual morals clause, and that the decision was the product of the network’s “annual review.”
A year ago, Irvin’s contract was up and ESPN opted to keep him around. The length of his new deal wasn’t (to our knowledge) reported. Our guess is that the Irvin contract was for more than one season — and that ESPN likely will be paying him not to work for the balance of it.
Thank G-d! ESPN has been going downhill fast the past few years, but this is at least a small step in the right direction. Howard Cosell was right…the jockocracy is bad news.
The hosts of ESPN’s talking-heads show “Pardon The Interruption” Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are calling Rush Limbaugh a racist for a comment he made about the NFL being similar to the Bloods and the Crips. However, I bet not many of you heard these statements from ESPN’s own Michael Irvin about two months back on the Dan Patrick radio show:
Irvin mentions that Tony Romo outplayed Peyton Manning Sunday, and then says, “… [there must be] some brothers in that line somewhere … (laughs to himself) somewhere there are some brothers … I don’t know who saw what, where …. [maybe] his great, great, great, great Grandma ran over in the hood or something went down … (laughter)”
Dan Patrick, sensing disaster, jumps in and says, ‘that’s the only way to be a great athlete?’
Irvin comes back with, “No, that’s not the only way … but it’s certainly one way … [maybe his] great, great, great, great Grandma pulled one of them studs up outta the barn [and said] ‘come here for a second’ … back in the day …(more sinister laughter)”
In case you didn’t catch that, he’s saying a good explanation for Romo being so athletic is that a very distant grandmother of his must have had a baby with one of the black stable hands on the farm. Sort of a Jimmy The Greek moment sans the gin and tonic. Irvin made a few apologies, but he was still allowed to fill the airwaves with his idiotic commentary every Sunday…and not a peep out of the networks gum-flappers.
ESPN is sliding down a very slippery slope.
As long as MSNBC continues to employ this man, they will never be taken seriously as a news network. NewsBusters has the scoop on his mind-boggling hypocrisy and bias concerning the hit TV show “24”.
Also, as an aside, isn’t it interesting that ESPN fired Rush Limbaugh for supposedly bringing politics into sports, yet Olbermann appears on the Dan Patrick Radio Show every day? I guess ESPN taught Olby everything he knows.