Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/19/12
Nearly a week after questioning the "blackness" of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on ESPN2's "First Take" show, analyst Rob Parker apologized Wednesday. According to ESPN.com, Parker, who is black, asked of Griffin last Thursday, "Is he a brother or a cornball brother?" He noted that Griffin has a white fiancee and reportedly is a Republican. Parker added on TV, "I'm just trying to dig deeper as to 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 got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on." When Twitter followers criticized the comments following the show, Parker defended his stance by lashing out at the respondents. He called one Twitter user "uneducated." However, he backtracked completely Wednesday with his apology, also posted on Twitter. His statement read, in part: "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."
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