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On ESPN, sports writer Rob Parker “went there” on RG3, asking “is he a brotha, or is he a cornball brotha.” Kind of like the scene in 40 Year Old Virgin where Kevin Hart’s character says to the black salesman “don’t be a Negro, be my nigga.”
I was wondering when this would come up because if you’ve watched RG3 at all this season on the Redskins’ sidelines, he seems more chummy with white players than a Michael Vick or a Cam Newton. He’s also from a military family which reminds me of Shaquille O’Neal whose father was in the Army. Shaq has never been accused of being a “cornball brotha” per se, but he’s generally corny and has done some white things such as attempt to become a law enforcement officer.
Parker stated that he wants to learn more about RG3 which is a strange thing for any reporter to say about a black person given the vehemence with which they rejected any vetting of the actual most famous black person in America. But, this guy is a quarterback so we really, really need to ask these questions about him. Obama? Not so much. That’s racist.
After distancing himself from Parker’s aggressive statement, Stephen A. Smith continued:
“What I would say to you is that the comments he made are fairly predictable,” Smith went on. “I think it’s something that he may feel, but it’s also a concerted effort to appease the masses to some degree, which I’m finding relatively irritating, because I don’t believe that the black athlete has any responsibility whatsoever to have to do such things.
“Let me say this clearly. I don’t know of anybody who goes into something trying to be the best black anything. We understand that. That’s a given,” Smith said. “But I do think it’s important to acknowledge a level of pride and a feeling of a level of accomplishment for being somebody who happens to be of African American descent, who competes and achieves and accomplishes things on the highest level while also bringing attention – to some degree anyhow – to the pride that they feel being black. Because they’re allowing themselves to be a reminder to those who preceded them, who worked so hard, accomplished and achieved so much, but were denied the accolades that that individual is receiving.”
So Smith isn’t much better. He’s just couched his criticism in typical ESPN-PC. Update: Daily Caller has video of the full segment.