ESPN cuts ties with Rob Parker after RG3 comments

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ESPN declined to renew commentator Rob Parker’s contract Tuesday in the wake of his comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments,” ESPN’s vice president of communications Mike Soltys tweeted, “we decided not to renew.”

Last month, ESPN suspended Parker 30 days after he called Griffin “a cornball brother” and “kind of black” on the network’s “First Take” show.

Parker later apologized, saying, “I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry.”

In an interview Sunday with Detroit television station Local 4, Parker claimed his Griffin comments were taken out of context.

“Looking back on some of the comments, I can see where people could take them out of context and run with it,” Parker said. “But the response and what happened over the last 30 days and everything was just shocking.”

Parker’s ESPN contract expired at the end of 2012.

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