Skip to comments.Suspended ESPN analyst offers apology for RG3 comments
Posted on 12/19/2012 8:17:31 PM PST by chessplayer
ESPN is mum on what this means for his suspension or employment, but heres Robert Parkers statement:
I blew it and Im 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. Roberts 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 ESPNs 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. Ive 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.
What a cornball apology...
Someone else wrote that his “apology.
From what RG3 has said on the subject I’m pretty sure he thinks you are a race baiting loser for evenquestioning “how black he is”. I agree with RG3.
Just have some of Bob 3’s buds beat the living snot out of this douche and move on.
“If you’re gonna be dumb, ya gotta be tough”
Pauli Pachutta, Cleveland, OH.
The reality is what Rob Parker initially said is closer to what he really believes than this cornpone apology. Get back to the plantation of your own making.
wasn’t he doubling down yesterday?
Probably someone with a white fiancee who wasn’t “down for the cause”.
What if Skip Bayless had said Tom Brady was not white enough because he might be a Democrat? I bet he would be fired.
Somehow I doubt he is tough...just dumb.
He just wants his job back. He isn’t sorry in the least.
Pathetic non-apology apology. Starts OK then contradicts itself. Typical libspeak...
wasnt he doubling down yesterday?
Yup, which means this apology is worthless. He meant every word, and still does, of what he originally said.
You mean the same ESPN which has the same Newtown shooting story as it’s top story and invites Odumbo every year to make his stupid NCAA bracket show while Andy Katz drools on?
But since he “apologized,” ESPN will keep him on the job.
The non-apology apology. More like a list of excuses.
Yeah, it’s insincere, but it’s good to see that the type of racism he displayed there is still considered unacceptable by a lot of people.
Yeah, right. He meant what he said...he just doesn’t like getting caught. It’s idiots like this (and Obama, Jackson, Sharpe, Clyburn, Water, Lee, et al) who fan the flames of racism.
That’s not an apology. His sin wasn’t discussing race in sports.