“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.”
The suspension comes one day after Parker issued his apology via twitter, and said that he was trying to get in touch with RG3 himself for a personal apology. Clearly the apology might have had something to do with saving his job, but the suspension is still going to leave a mark. Personally I was pulling for him to get fired, but maybe that's because I think he totally sucks at analyzing sports and I can't stand listening to him. And yea, that's how I really feel.
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