ESPN has parted ways with Rob Parker, the First Take panelist who was suspended by the network following his offensive comments about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In a discussion of how Griffin views himself within the prism of race, Parker, a frequent First Take panelist and the co-host of a Saturday extension of that show, questioned the quarterback's relationship with African-Americans during a Dec. 14 airing of the ESPN2 program. Parker's questionably racist comment was:
"For me, personally, just me, this throws up a red flag, what I keep hearing...And I don't know who's asking the questions, but we've heard a couple of times now of a black guy kind of distancing himself away from black people..."
Among his comments, Parker, who is black, said: "Is he a brother or a cornball brother?"
Parker later issued an apology on his Twitter account.
ESPN announced on Dec. 20 that Parker had been suspended 30 days for his comments about Griffin. At the time of the suspension, ESPN said in a statement that it took "appropriate disciplinary measures" with "personnel responsible" for the airing of the comments.
The network announced Tuesday that the commentator's time with ESPN is over.
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