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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 here’s Robert Parker’s 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.


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No, he didn't "blow it," because ESPN will NOT fire him. Not if they want to avoid a big fight with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
1 posted on 12/19/2012 8:17:39 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

What a cornball apology...


2 posted on 12/19/2012 8:25:22 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

LOL!

Someone else wrote that his “apology.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 8:32:32 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: chessplayer

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.


4 posted on 12/19/2012 8:33:47 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: EEGator

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.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 8:34:19 PM PST by technically right
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To: EEGator

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.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 8:36:43 PM PST by Edison (I don't know what irks me more, the lying or the incompetence.)
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To: chessplayer

wasn’t he doubling down yesterday?


7 posted on 12/19/2012 8:37:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Probably someone with a white fiancee who wasn’t “down for the cause”.


8 posted on 12/19/2012 8:37:57 PM PST by EEGator
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To: chessplayer

What if Skip Bayless had said Tom Brady was not white enough because he might be a Democrat? I bet he would be fired.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 8:38:50 PM PST by adamjeeps
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To: technically right

Somehow I doubt he is tough...just dumb.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 8:39:50 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Edison

He just wants his job back. He isn’t sorry in the least.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 8:41:06 PM PST by EEGator
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To: chessplayer
wanna be gangster... feh
12 posted on 12/19/2012 8:41:36 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: chessplayer

Pathetic non-apology apology. Starts OK then contradicts itself. Typical libspeak...


13 posted on 12/19/2012 8:42:20 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: GeronL

wasn’t he doubling down yesterday?


Yup, which means this apology is worthless. He meant every word, and still does, of what he originally said.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 8:45:31 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

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?


15 posted on 12/19/2012 8:46:33 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: GeronL

But since he “apologized,” ESPN will keep him on the job.


16 posted on 12/19/2012 8:48:06 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

The non-apology apology. More like a list of excuses.


17 posted on 12/19/2012 8:49:45 PM PST by madison10
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To: chessplayer

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.


18 posted on 12/19/2012 8:53:46 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: chessplayer

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.


19 posted on 12/19/2012 9:01:33 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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That’s not an apology. His sin wasn’t discussing race in sports.


20 posted on 12/19/2012 9:24:40 PM PST by Kipp
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To: Edison

I haven’t harbored a racist bone in my body for 60 years, but if I hear anymore crap like this, I’ll happily become raaaacccciiiiisss !!!


21 posted on 12/19/2012 9:35:58 PM PST by chiller (Do not consume any NBCNews;MTPTodayNightlyNewsMorningJoeMSNBCBrianWilliams)
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To: chessplayer

Yes, black racist doctrines which result in segregation, hate, envy, resentment aggression, bullying and violence is an important topic to discuss.

I don’t think he’s good enough or smart enough to repent from race hate.


22 posted on 12/19/2012 9:56:06 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: chessplayer
HE ISN'T ONE OF US
23 posted on 12/19/2012 10:09:51 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: chessplayer

ESPN is moving towards social commentary. Colin Cowherd has been babbling about guns and being flexible with the the second amendment and on and on about stupid conservatives. Basketball coaches and sports idiots are joining the lib propaganda machinery.

I liked it when it was just bread and circuses. But even sports is being corrupted by the “progressives” and now another enjoyable thing ,watching sports , is turned into an activity like movies and television,where you get to laugh and enjoy till the obligatory slam against conservatives and Christians occur.

Such a waste. I’d advocate not to buy the products advertised on the ESPN channels and drop an email to the companies stating you’d like sports and the rest of the politics can get shoved down our throats by the usual methods.


24 posted on 12/19/2012 11:21:35 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: EEGator

“He just wants his job back. He isn’t sorry in the least.”

I’m pretty sure he’s not lost his job. After all, to fire him would be racist./s


25 posted on 12/20/2012 3:39:19 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: DennisR

He meant what he said, and I would bet most of the white apologist liberals at ESPN (Olney, Reilly, et al.) agreed with him...


26 posted on 12/20/2012 3:48:54 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: chessplayer

Translation = please give me my job back.


27 posted on 12/20/2012 4:32:35 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: chessplayer

He doesn’t take back any of what he said. Just basically said you can’t be quite so direct when talking sports.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 4:35:16 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: chessplayer

Parker’s been a white hater from the get go. What upsets
Parker is that RG3 doesn’t fit the profile of a young
black man in today’s society.Notwithstanding, everything
in that profile is negative!


29 posted on 12/20/2012 5:29:25 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: chessplayer

Fire his azz...Jimmy the Greek says Fire his azz.


30 posted on 12/20/2012 5:35:38 AM PST by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: chessplayer

Not even gonna read it.
I already know from his past history that he doesn’t mean it.
When he get’s with his buds he’ll say, “Guess it ain’t clear to call out the brothers hangin’ with Becky yet. Damn.” And his bros will say, “Give it time, man. Just give it time.”


31 posted on 12/20/2012 5:56:04 AM PST by servo1969
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To: chessplayer

This is nothing new. Remember back in the OJ trial days, something came up about OJ and his pal, I forget the driver’s name of the white SUV, but there was talk that OJ, that guy, and most of their gang only wanted white women and other black were whining about it. Can’t remember all the details now it has been so long, but there was some complaining even back then.


32 posted on 12/20/2012 5:59:47 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: chessplayer

Where’s the link?


33 posted on 12/20/2012 9:42:55 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: chessplayer
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.

Just in your race baiting addled mind... I'd say most Americans haven't given a damn about race in sports since Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, and Jackie Robinson.

34 posted on 12/20/2012 9:48:02 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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