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ESPN suspends Parker 30 days for RG3 comments

By Ken Schott
Thursday, December 20, 2012

ESPN has suspended Rob Parker 30 days for his comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Parker, an African-American, question whether Griffin, also an African-American, was "black enough" on last Thursday's episode of "First Take" on ESPN2.

"ESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday’s episode of 'First Take,'" Marcia Keegan, vice president of production, said in a statement. "Our review of the preparation for the show and the re-air has established that mistakes both in judgment and communication were made. As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing. Both were errors on our part.

"To address this, we have enhanced the editorial oversight of the show and have taken appropriate disciplinary measures with the personnel responsible for these failures. We will continue to discuss important issues in sports on First Take, including race. Debate is an integral part of sports and we will continue to engage in it on First Take. However, we believe what we have learned here and the steps we have taken will help us do all that better."

 
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