Rob Parker (sports journalist)

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Rob Parker (born January 18, 1964) is an American sports columnist for ESPNNewYork.com and ClickOnDetroit.com. Parker is also a regular on ESPN's First Take, where he debates Skip Bayless on the 1st and 10 segment. Rob Parker is a regular on WDIV Local 4 Sports Final Edition.

Parker attended Southern Connecticut State University and Columbia University for graduate studies in journalism. Before becoming the second black sports columnist at The Detroit News after Terry Foster in 1993, Parker was a reporter for The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Daily News in New York and The Cincinnati Enquirer. He was also the first black sports columnist at Newsday in New York in 1995.

Parker, who is divorced, is a member of the NABJ, the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Controversies

On March 28, 2008, Parker declared on ESPN's First Take that he had low expectations for college players Tyler Hansbrough and Kevin Love in the NBA, because they are white.

Parker, who is African American, is not shy to discuss the racial aspects of current sports events, such as the NBA off-court dress policy, or the lack of African Americans in NFL coaching positions. He penned a much-maligned column where he called Hank Aaron a "coward" for declining to attend when Barry Bonds would break the career home run record.

In October 2008, Parker erroneously reported that Kirk Cousins, a quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans, was involved in a fight...
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