ESPN host Rob Parker suspended after ‘cornball’ RGIII comments

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins watches from the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins watches from the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Friday, ESPN suspended Rob Parker after comments he made about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

On ESPN 2’s sports debate show First TakeParker question ‘what kind of brother’ Griffin was to fellow hosts Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion.

The comments, which I described Thursday as “irresponsible,” led to widespread criticism on social media and several leading sports blogs.

Parker spent much of Thursday defending his remarks on Twitter.

The news of Parker’s suspension came via a tweet from Josh Krulewitz of ESPN’s communications department:

This is not the first time Parker has been involved in something controversial.

In 2009, Parker resigned from the Detroit News following what many considered an inappropriate question to then-Lions head coach Rod Marinelli. Following the Lions fifteenth loss of an eventual win-less season in 2008, Parker asked Marinelli if he wished his daughter had “married a better defensive coordinator.” (Marinelli’s daughter was married to Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry.)

TheGrio: Rob Parker on RGIII – ‘Is he a brother or a cornball brother?’

USA TODAY notes that Parker was suspended from the Detroit News before the Marinelli incident after he wrongly reported then-Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins was “involved in a fight with members of the school’s hockey team.”

Cousins, who ironically is now RGIII’s back-up in Washington, was later found to be in church at the time of the fight.

In addition to his regular appearances on First Take, Parker is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com and ClickOnDetroit.com.

Late Thursday, Parker remained confident there would be no disciplinary action taken. When a Twitter user sarcastically wished Parker “good luck” in his “next line of work,” Parker shot back:

ESPN is conducting a ‘full review’ of Parker’s comments.

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