Well, that didn't take long. A month after seeing his contract not renewed by ESPN for incendiary comments about Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, disgraced sports bogeyman Rob Parker is back.
Don't worry, Rob Parker isn't likely returning to a television anywhere near you anytime soon. (We hope.) No, Parker has signed up with an independent online sports outfit, The Shadow League. I've never heard of The Shadow League until 2 PM ET today, and their employment of Rob Parker makes me wish it would have stayed that way.
But the press release praising the "illustrious" and "famed" Rob Parker and his addition should be good for a laugh, no? Here it is in its entirety...
Today, TheShadowLeague.com announced award-winning sports columnist Rob Parker has been added to its roster. Parker's first column for the newly unveiled website will be published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
"There is no doubt that Rob's love of sports permeates everything he does," says TheShadowLeague.com Editor-in-Chief Vince Thomas. "We are truly excited that he has joined TheShadowLeague.com. Rob's hard-hitting and honest opinions make him a standout sports columnist who can reach fans in print and online spaces, as well as radio and television. "
Parker has enjoyed an illustrious career in sports journalism for more than twenty years. The famed writer has broken many boundaries, garnering acclaim as the first black sports columnist in the newsrooms of the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. He is also a distinguished Baseball Hall of Fame voter. Additionally, Parker has written for the New Haven Register, the Detroit Newsand the New York Daily News. Most recently, Parker spent eight years with ESPN, debating hot topics on ESPN's "FirstTake," riding the airwaves of ESPN Radio and writing for the ESPN.com affiliate ESPN.com/NewYork.
"Voices like Parker's are the reason why we launched TheShadowLeague.com," said Keith Clinkscales, Founder & CEO of Shadow League Digital. "Rob clearly has passion. His experience and insight can help shape our voice."
Based in Detroit, Parker is a native New Yorker who graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. He is also an esteemed graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
I don't know what's most disturbing about this. The fact that Parker actually has a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia and then developed into the antithesis of a journalist. Maybe it's the fact that The Shadow League extolls Parker breaking boundaries, like bringing "cornball brother" to the forefront of sports coverage.
No, no, no... it's the fact that Rob Parker is a Baseball Hall of Fame voter. Now we know why that process is all screwed up.
*Keith Clinkscales (once in the headlines himself) is a former ESPN executive and The Shadow League is actually a newly launched venture funded by ESPN although it is an independent outlet. It's a soft landing spot for Rob Parker as he looks to rebuild his controversial career.
it's amazzing how in this pathetic time of "watch your mouth", a news reporter can't be candid and feel free to be honest with his beliefs.
why don't u take some arms against these former players who sound like they have 6th grade reading levels from taking jobs from learned sports authorities.
re. tory holt in st. louis.
Miley cyress acting been acting black lately and all the press been saying it but no one has gotten fired,it's crazy,the worlds too sensitive u can't call a gay gay or a cornball a cornball without getting in trouble,u can disagree with what he said but it was overblown and wasn't worth firing.....rg3 is a fuckin cornball lol
The white eagles wr cooper can yell nigga nigga nigga with no repercussions,the rob Parker statements was overblown
I don't know why it's so hard to believe that he was able to find work. I wonder if the same sentiments were said about that white guy who had the negative, ignorant things about those black females. I forgot things are different when it comes to certain people..my bad!
glad the brother has new job......if dog the bounty hunter can get a job after dropping the n/bomb y not?
its grt the brother is working again.....if dog the bounty hunter can get a job after dropping the n/bombs y not.....
You guys seem mad that he said the things that everyone else wanted to buy didn't have the balls to stay. RG3 might be the whitest brother in the NFL. That hasn't crossed your mind at least once?
Here's an item on the Shadow League debut:
Some background on the website for those of you looking for it. http://www.spinitreacts.com/2013/02/rob-parker-ras-al-ghul-and-league-of.html
Everyone needs to work..even a "cornball Brotha" like Parker. Shadow League? Sounds like something out of Dark Knight.
So this is a guy let go by espn for saying "cornball brotha" and the other for wacking off next to Erin Andrews on a flight. I'm sure they're destined for big things.
Really dude your going there...I am a black man from the south and I've had it with this lets feel sorry for me cause I'm black crap. What the guy said was worse than a white guy saying it. I can't believe bandwagonjumper jumped on the race card band wagon. Pretty ironic considering his handle lol. Let me guess u also bought into the white Hispanic Zimmerman thing too....it's was the evil white said that made him a killer right? Dude come to the 21st Century and get past race or we could start calling Obama a White African American. I bet that wouldn't fly lol
Why does him being the "whitest brother in the league" mean anything? Why should that be brought up on national television? If we are going to use that logic then I would say out president doesn't really count as a black president. Please I want to know why how he acts changes his skin color....this seems completely irrelevant to me. I want to know how he should be acting....,maybe like pacman jones or maybe micheal Vick. These are both wonderful role models for the young black community.
@DarrellGriffeyJr no griffey everyone else didnt want to say that about RG3 you know why? because so many blacks like myself understand that speaking properly and using words correctly is more important than claiming a false blackhood such as your self. False blackhood an AA not truly knowing what being black is, but tries to act like they do. which is you. a false sense of blackhood is when an AA that judge other AA all because their not doing what you see in these brainwashed society movies or rap videos that depict us AA as drug dealers, and murderers. Or your holding a sense of false blackhood because hes dating a white girl. a white girl and that bothers you? shouldnt you have more confidence and self esteem, and other priorities in your life then to be so concern about this strong black man and his situations? get over your self and grow up. Be black but be strong, and putting down your own race makes you the whitest brother on this page. peace and hair grease fam.
@DarrellGriffeyJr I guess the biggest question is who gives a fuck. Some people just wanna be looked at as human beings not black brown or white. Ur a fucking faggot for talking such bullshit but that's how we know niggers or niggas. Real mafuckers show respect to black me. Making it in general u faggot ass nigger
@DarrellGriffeyJr no it hasn't...because i don't know what that even means. thats some old school BS way of thinking...and if that ignorant sentiment exists about that dude, cornball rob should not have echoed them.
@DarrellGriffeyJr So what you're saying is , just because RG3 graduated from college within 3 years ,with a degree , doesn't go to night clubs during the week , has two outstanding parents , speaks in complete sentences , everytime he's ask a question , that makes him a white man . This makes me wonder if you and Parker are related , because that is the most dumbest crap that I've ever read ..........
@DarrellGriffeyJr Nein mein Führer, nein.