Rob Parker will not be fired. ESPN just announced he’ll be suspended 30 days for making these comments about Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III last week. First Take, a pox on the network, will have “enhanced editorial oversight,” whatever that means.
“ESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday’s episode of First Take. 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.”
To recap: Max Bretos was suspended 30 days for saying, “chink in the armor” … Rob Parker suspended 30 days for overtly racist comments.