Race Matters: ESPN Reporter Says NFL Rookie Baller RG3 Is A “Cornball Brotha” Not “Black Enough” Because Of White Fiancée

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Who defines Blackness in America?

Rob Parker Says RGIII Is Not Black Enough

You know a conversation has gone off when Stephen A. Smith is the voice of reason. That was the situation on today’s episode of ESPN’s First Take.

Rob Parker, a former Detroit News columnist, questioned RGIII‘s blackness and claimed he wasn’t authentic. “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother,” Parker asked.

Via USA Today reports:

A transcript of the discussion….

Rob Parker:

“But my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is: Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?”

Cari Champion:

“What does that mean?”

Parker:

He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.

“Why is that your question?”

Parker: “Well because that’s just how I want to find out about him. I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican, which, I don’t really care, there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black.”

Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline.com shared a valid ponit in all of this…

If being a cornball is being engaged to someone you love, not speaking like [rapper] Trinidad James, not getting in trouble and playing the QB position at a very high level, I wish more NFL players would be cornballs.

What do you think of Rob Parker’s comments?

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