Suspended ESPN host Rob Parker talked to WDIV TV’s Devin Scillian: It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m OJ.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”
Last week we posted about the Samuel Jackson interview when he was asked about the ‘N word’ responding: “No? Nobody? None? The word would be…” In other words he was saying you still think of us as slaves, I want you to say it.
RGIII is a third generation, he knows dad and grandfather. Even worse, a Christian Baylor 3.7 graduate, whose parents had military careers, left graduate school to sign in the NFL after earning the Heisman. He did not want to leave the game Sunday, he wanted to win.
He talked about his coach’s decision: “You respect authority, and I respect Coach Shanahan, but at the same time you have to step up and be a man sometimes, and, you know… But every time you step on the football field, in between those lines, you’re putting your life, your career, you know, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. So, that’s just the approach I had to take.”
Wounded military return to America having lost limbs will full intent of returning to the front yet are unable to find employment. What happened to America’s warrior mentality? What has become of stepping up and being a man?