Analyst deserves longer suspension for RG3 comments

BY KIA TYUS

ESPN analysts are known for their ignorance, but how far is too far?

Rob Parker took it too far when discussing Robert Griffin III. Parker questioned Griffin’s blackness because he is engaged to a white woman.

Parker’s comments were very uneducated as interracial relationships are a big part of our society. Parker also claimed Griffin was a Republican. What does his political affiliation have to do with his identity?

His comments reflected poorly on ESPN and could make other black ESPN analysts, his co-workers, uncomfortable.

Griffin and his fiancé were also impacted by his comments. The star quarterback could now endure backlash for his political views.      

Parker apologized, but it did not seem sincere. He only apologized due to the negative response received from ESPN and sporting world.

He was suspended for 30 days, but I feel it should have been longer. He impacted many people through his statement.

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