Translation: “RGIII could have a mind of his own, and we can’t have any of that!”

When asked about what RG3 had to say about being an African American quarterback, ESPN panelist Rob Parker, an African American himself, (Twitter handle @RobParkerESPN) had this to say. Transcriptions came from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

‘But time and time we keep hearing this, so it just makes me wonder deeper about him,’ Parker said. ‘And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., friends of mine, who are around and at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question. Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?’

He continued with, ‘Well, [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,’ Parker explained. ‘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.’

And then when he was asked why, he answered with this.

‘Well, because I want to find out about him,’ Parker said. ‘I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things. 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.’

Parker used to write for the Detroit News and was often trying to say things with the intent of making a national splash, and obviously he’s succeeded:


7 Responses to “ESPN Panelist: Robert Griffin III Might Not Be ‘One of Us’ Because He’s Got a White Girlfriend and Might Be a Republican”

  1. jeffythequick on December 14th, 2012 3:43 pm

    Other Republicans:

    Frederick Douglass (with a white wife)
    Martin Luther King (rumored)
    Allen West
    Colin Powell (in name only)
    Mia Love

    That second guy on the list said something about "content of character", but I think the school Rob Parker was on strike the day that was taught.

  2. Dexter_Alarius on December 14th, 2012 7:02 pm

    ‘Well, he’s black, …, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us,’ Parker explained.

    And, what "cause" would that be, I wonder? Who's "us"?
    If Mr. Parker needs a job, I suspect the NBPP could use him as a poll monitor.

  3. SignPainterGuy on December 15th, 2012 2:17 pm

    What a mess; if you`re black, you MUST be down for the cause, the shtruggle or else you`re not one of us, BUT, if you logically try to remove yourself from the plantation, which seems to me to be the goal of the shtruggle, then again, you`re not one of us.

    It looks like a Faux Shtruggle; one that so blinds it`s adherents to the truth that blacks don`t realize that the shtruggle is one of their own worst enemies, barriers to success.

  4. ChapBix on December 17th, 2012 2:06 am

    Another name for the list:
    Tim Scott

    Another person is the gentleman who spoke at the 2012 Republican convention who was a bundler for Obama in 2008 but became disenchanted and switched parties. Sorry, I forgot his name.

  5. kristina tomlin bv on May 24th, 2013 3:14 am

    These were all topics an edition of ESPN’s “First Take” that concerned former Baylor QB Thanks For The Sharing.

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