ESPN Host: Is QB Griffin a 'Cornball Brother'?
Rob Parker seems to question RGIII's authenticity as an African-American
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2012 7:18 PM CST
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(Newser) – Robert Griffin III is a young black quarterback for the Redskins who has handled questions about his race with thoughtfulness, writes Dan Steinberg in the Washington Post. "RGIII" doesn't make a big deal of it because he says he wants to be the best quarterback, not the best black quarterback. But he's careful not to diminish what he might mean to black fans. All of which led to a discussion about Griffin and race on ESPN today, prompting commentator Rob Parker, also black, to ask: "Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?" By way of explanation, Parker referred to Griffin's "white fiancee" and rumors that the quarterback is a Republican. "He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with," goes the thinking, Parker added. (USA Today has the transcript.)

At the Grio, Todd Johnson slams Parker's "irresponsible" comments. "When you talk about race without context—when you just merely mention things like: 'We all know [Griffin] has a white fiancee' or he may be 'Republican'—you don’t advance any type of dialogue, you hinder it," he writes. It's not that Parker shouldn't talk about race, but he should realize "the gravity" of doing so on national TV. Otherwise, "the barriers to discussing race and sports together will just keep getting taller." Robert Littal at BlackSportsOnline also has a critical take here.

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Dec 14, 2012 11:58 AM CST
There is no excuse for anybody to be a Republican, especially a Black person.
Dec 14, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Dude, its people like you that keep racism alive. RGIII is a respectable young man, and carries himself like one. He is polite, respectful, and loves his mom. Not to mention a dedicated athlete that works hard to be the best. Just because he broke out of the chains of do nothings that seem to be the majority, you are going to talk about him like that? You are a racist..... and people like you keep our nation from being great.
Dec 14, 2012 8:41 AM CST
In 14 minutes and counting, when Rob Parker goes back into obscurity, RGIII will still be one of the best QBs in the NFL (of any color) and will eventually be the highest paid QB in the NFL. I think he's too smart to give a shit about some nobody like Parker. At least I hope he is.