ESPN doesn't care about sports journalism
Old 12-13-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never, once, understood the obsession with ESPN. This is the latest story.

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Nobody will ever mistake ESPN's "First Take" show with anything remotely resembling insightful, important, or accurate journalism. The trainwreck bookmarked by Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith has adopted the slogan "Embrace Debate" to put a nice little hat on the fact that the show is actually the kind of dreck that makes the worst political commentary programs look like great television. As a result, it's tough to come on that show and actually be an embarrassment.

Frequent ESPN talking head Rob Parker, however, went out of his way to do so when the subject of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III came up on Thursday morning. Parker decided that it was the appropriate time to bring up whether Griffin was black enough or not. No, really. We'll just let the video and transcript roll.

"I've talked to some people in Washington, D.C. Some people in [Griffin's] press conferences. Some people I've known for a long time. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is ... is he a 'brother,' or is he a cornball 'brother?' He's not really ... he's black, 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 like the guy you'd want to hang out with. I just want to find out about him. I don't know, because I keep hearing these things. He has a white fiancÚ, people talking about that he's a Republican ... there's no information at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Tiger Woods was like, 'I have black skin, but don't call me black.' People wondered about Tiger Woods early on -- about him."

Bayless, never content to let someone else have the last infantile, stupid remark, upped the ante with this question: "What do RG3's braids say to you?"
"To me, that's very urban," Parker continued, seemingly determined to dig his own professional grave. "It makes you feel like ... I think he would have a clean cut if he were more straight-laced or not ... wearing braids is ... you're a brother. You're a brother. If you've got braids on."

Smith responded, and you can watch the video if you'd like to get that. We generally oppose quoting Stephen A. Smith under any circumstances. What these talking heads throw against the wall to see what sticks is not the point. What is the point is that Parker, in his position as a supposed journalist, has insulted an individual of color to a cruel and unbelievable degree by actually bring Robert Griffin's "blackness" to the forefront, and openly questioning it with no basis in fact, no knowledge of the person, and no sense of responsibility.
ESPN?s Rob Parker says ridiculous things about RG3, takes ?First Take? to new levels of depravity | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how did the producers okay this story?

and Steven A. was the voice reason.



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I don't think ESPN cares about the story, they're addicted to the ratings those two clowns provide.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Rob Parker has been suspended for now. ESPN is going to review the tape and will then decide what to do.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If the dude that used chink in the armor did so honestly as a sports cliche and got canned, then this guy who has far more responsibility for content should be done.

It's pretty cool that of all the espn content we get through TSN, we don't get this garbage.

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It's pretty cool that of all the espn content we get through TSN, we don't get this garbage.
TSN sucks, we get our own brand of garbage.
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TSN sucks, we get our own brand of garbage.
There's nothing as bad as this shit.
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