Rob Parker apologizes for RG3 'cornball brother' comments
The ESPN talk show host who made incendiary comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last week has apologized for his words, saying on Twitter that he "blew it."
In a lengthy statement posted to his Twitter account, ESPN First Take host Rob Parker said that he turned what he called a productive discussion about race into a negative one.
Appearing on ESPN's morning debate show on Dec. 13, Parker said that Griffin was a "cornball brother" and that he possibly "wasn't down with the cause."
"The attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result," Parker tweeted. "Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught - with dignity, respect and pride."
Parker was suspended by ESPN in the wake of his comments. His opinions came in response to a USA Today article that quoted Griffin saying that he wanted his work ethic to define who he was and not his skin color.