This just in from ESPN, Rob Parker, the man who made incendiary comments about DC NFL Team quarterback Robert Griffin III on First Take, has been suspended by the network. After the racebaiting comments were aired not just once, not just twice, but three times last Thursday, ESPN said it had suspended Parker until further notice.
Just today, ESPN said it has suspended Parker for 30 days and other personnel on the show have been disciplined for not taking appropriate action to prevent the comments from airing again. ESPN admits that this was a mistake.
We have the full statement from ESPN.
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.
We’ll continue to follow the story. I don’t think this is over.