How Dreadful: ESPN Analyst Rob Parker Questions If RGIII Is A ‘Cornball Brother’

rg3 How Dreadful: ESPN Analyst Rob Parker Questions If RGIII Is A Cornball Brother

The work of Soledad O’Brien is never done.

On Thursday’s episode of First Take, ESPN analyst Rob Parker questioned Robert Griffin III‘s “blackness,” pointing out that the Washington Redskins star quarterback has a white fiancée and is rumored to be a Republican.

“Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” said Parker. Asked to explain, Parker added that “he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else.”

“I keep hearing these things,” Parker continued. “We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. 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.”

Remarkably, Stephen A. Smith followed up with a comment that made sense: “I’m uncomfortable with where we just went. RGIII, the ethnicity or the color of his fiancée is none of our business, it’s irrelevant, he can live his life in whatever way he chooses. The braids that he has in his hair, that’s his business, that’s his life, he can live his life.”

ESPN suspended Parker on Friday morning. “Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” a network spokesman said. “We are conducting a full review.”

Star NFL running back Arian Foster had a golden take to the hoopla.