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ESPN Will Not Retain Rob Parker, Whose Contract Expired At The End Of 2012

The final two months of 2012 did not treat ESPN’s Rob Parker very well. First he jumped to the defense of Miguel Cabrera as AL MVP on Twitter, ranting against “stat geeks” in reference to the sabermetric community’s overwhelming support of Mike Trout for the award. Then, Parker and ESPN’s First Take tried to ruin your weekend by expanding to Saturdays, with Parker as the show’s host. Later in the month, Parker’s noteriety exploded for inappropriately calling Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother”, and ESPN suspended him 30 days for the comment. Though Parker did apologize, he continued to insist that Griffin III pushes away black people in his first public interview after the suspension.

But it appears now that ESPN has had enough. According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Parker’s contract with ESPN, which expired at the end of 2012, has not been renewed. Here’s the network’s statement on Parker, via Ourand’s tweets:

Ourand speculates that Parker’s comments “hit a nerve” with ESPN, and pushed his pink slip through the final hurdle. This would make sense given the timeline, since ESPN likely wouldn’t just suspend an employee only to turn around and fire him. There must have been a second trigger, and the only thing Parker has done since the suspension is not back down from his “cornball brother” comments.

Or not. Per Ourand:


  • Brian McKeever

    One ignorant blowhard off the air at ESPN, only about 100 or so to go.

  • http://thebigaarp.tumblr.com/ Rick James

    what a cornball brotha

  • Anonymous

    It is refreshing that it is not tolerated when a black mans ethnic authenticity is questioned. Alluding that someone is race-traitor is unacceptable.

  • Anonymous

    Makes sense you’re against calling people race-traitors since that’s exactly what African-American Republicans and Hispanic Republicans are.

    Good grief look what Bush did to Collen Powell, sent him out the the UN to LIE about non-existent WMD, Powell was just USED and the just thrown to the wolves.

    And of course, gay Republicans another group of self-loathers with a masochist streak.

  • Pat

    How can Merril Hoge say things that are not true about Tim Tebow ? but Rob has been let go because of what he said about RGIII….double standard

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