It appears everybody related to sports media has a reaction to Rob Parker’s infamous “cornball brother” inquisition of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on ESPN2’s “First Take” – even those no longer affiliated with sports media.
Like Rush Limbaugh.
You may recall his brief stint as an analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” in 2003, which came to an abrupt end after his stance that “the media is very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” Those remarks were made regarding former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Once ESPN denounced those comments, Limbaugh resigned from the program.
Of course, Limbaugh has been hosting the top talk radio program for 25 years. So even though he’s nine years removed from his short tenure at ESPN, he still feels the need to use his radio show as a forum to chime in on sports media controversies, especially those that involve his former employer.
Limbaugh dubbed Parker “a buffoon” and “a full-fledged separatist,” but that wasn’t all. While recalling what would be his final appearance at the Worldwide Leader, he seized the opportunity to throw his former “Sunday NFL Countdown” comrades – Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Steve Young and Michael Irvin – under the bus.
“I really liked that pregame show,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “I mistakenly liked the people on it. It was misplaced affection.”
Gee, Rush. Was it misplaced affection when Dave Checketts and his pals purged you from the group making a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams?
Anyway, you can watch Rush lob a verbal grenade at his ex-ESPN colleagues at the 3:00 mark. And as a bonus, later in this clip, he shares his thoughts on Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin, the Washington-based sports radio hosts that were suspended for mocking a transgender basketball player. Coupled with Parker’s attack on RGIII, Limbaugh reaches the conclusion that “ESPN has become a racist place.”