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Media Racism Redux
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 12:30:31 EST


ESPN analyst asks if RG3 is a 'cornball brother,' questions him having 'a white fiancee'

On ESPN2′s “First Take” Thursday, columnist Rob Parker reacted to Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III’s comment in USA Today that he won’t be defined by his race. An upset Parker responded by asking if Griffin was “a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” and questioning both his reported Republicanism and his decision to become engaged to a white woman.

Rob, meet Vince Wilfork, one of our local heroes up here in New England.

Repeat that question and direct it to him, if you would. And maybe to his white wife, and maybe one or more of his "boys", too.


Wilforks host a fund-raiser for Joslin Diabetes Center

With the Patriots going big on defense during Thursday night’s NFL draft, Vince Wilfork, the biggest Pat of them all, huddled his boys at Milford’s Pinz Entertainment complex to raise funds for the Joslin Diabetes Center. Showing up for the annual event, hosted by Wilfork and his wife, Bianca, were Kevin Faulk, Gerard Warren, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo, Ron Brace, Kyle Love, Zoltan Mesko, Ryan Mallet, Matthew Slater, Ras-I Dowling, and Sergio Brown. WCVB anchor Bianca de la Garza emceed.

Then I'd suggest that you either run like Hell - if I thought for a moment you might be capable of it - or be prepared to go two-out-of-three with Vince.

The "three" would just be a formality, of course.

And I understand that months in traction aren't really that bad, anyhow.

Prepare to find out . . .


Is this man - and I use the term loosely - still employed by ESPN?

And if so, why might that be?


ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told midday Friday that the sports network has suspended Parker.

"Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice," Soltys said. "We are conducting a full review.”

Earlier, Griffin’s father told USA Today that Parker needs to define what "one of us" means.

"That guy needs to define that," Griffin II said. "I wouldn't say it's racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up. Robert is in really good shape on who he is, where he needs to get to in order to seek the goals he has in life . . . so I don't take offense."

Well, excuse me, but if that isn't racism, then the word has ceased to have any real meaning, in my view.

Suspended, and not fired?

With or without pay?

And an indefinite suspension could end, like . . . tomorrow - maybe even later today - no?

Colorable punishment, then?

How appropriate, under the circumstances.


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