Rob Parker, the ESPN First Take analyst who couldn’t refrain from putting his foot in his mouth, is apparently no longer with ESPN. John Ourand is reporting that ESPN decided not to renew Parker’s contract, in light of his recent comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
ESPN: “Evaluating our needs and [Rob Parker's] work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal.”
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 8, 2013
Parker landed in hot water with ESPN executives in December after he launched into a tirade about RGIII, both questioning the rookie quarterback’s “blackness”, and suggesting he might be a “cornball brother”. Parker, who was set to begin hosting a weekend version of First Take (because lord knows we all needed that in our lives), was suspended by ESPN over the remarks.
A recent appearance on a local Detroit television show, where Parker doubled down on the idea of his original comments, was probably the final straw: