December 24, 2008, - 10:33 am

Sports Reporter Who Dissed NFL Coach’s Daughter Should Be Fired

By Debbie Schlussel
The biggest story here in Detroit isn’t the dying auto industry or the mountains of snow and tundra-like low temperatures. It’s Detroit News columnist and ESPN contributor Rob Parker’s extremely rude question to Detroit Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli.
The question not only crossed over the line for a so-called professional journalist, but with the Lions at 0 and 15, it’s also an enormous piling on on a guy who is already down and probably out. Here’s the video. I agree with all of the FOX NFL analysts comments, especially Terry Bradshaw. Rob Parker crossed the line and did this to get attention. It isn’t the first time.


For the record, I knew Rob Parker. He and I both used to have radio talk shows on a CBS Radio station in Detroit, and my show came on after his, every night. While he did not treat me badly, he is what I call a “militant,” for whom everything is racist even when clearly it is not. When I called a pro athlete who was Black–I think it was Latrell Sprewell–a “thug,” he said I was “racist,” even though I’d called a criminal White athlete a “thug,” too.
When I discussed affirmative action on my show and how I was against it–he called my show, angrily. But the fact is that he had a show and his lackluster column in The Detroit News because of race. At the radio station, he was mostly absent, and the show was basically done entirely by his on-air co-host. His colleagues at the News tell me he’s heavily edited, and his column is still terrible.
And that’s why a guy who says the kind of things Rob Parker said to Rod Marinelli about his daughter is in the position to begin with–affirmative action. He’s a lackluster columnist, and there are other Black writers at the paper who are far better–like Terry Foster. The Detroit News should fire Parker, but they won’t. And race isn’t the only reason.
The paper has a problem disciplining its reporters who commit blatant acts of misconduct. As I previously reported on this site, Detroit News “reporter” David Shepardson made up a whole story on an Islamic terrorist being beaten in jail, then having been deported. But I got the incident report, and the injuries were far more minor than Shepardson reported. Oh, and the terrorist was still here and hadn’t been deported. The entire article was fiction. And I exposed it on this site. Shepardson was not only not disciplined, but he was promoted for the fabricated story, and is now the Detroit Newsistan’s Washington reporter.

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8 Responses

I read the column Parker wrote in response to the firestorm that followed his latest statement. He’s actually claimed that he was merely trying to inject some HUMOR into the interview and that he and Marinelli have a good relationship so he can say these things with out offending the man. Clearly he is not only an a–hole but a lying a–hole. Another good reason to let the News die and fade away into bankruptcy.

samurai on December 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

What I would give, to have one WHITE sports reporter that’s allowed to be even half as racist as nine out of every ten black ones are,on ESPN,magazine or newspaper, and gets to keep his job,no matter how anti-black he may be.
WHAT “Racism”?
WHAT “Injustice”?
WHAT “Oppression”?

OldSchoolW on December 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Maybe there’s a circulation issue too. The DN is a dying paper, and maybe it is lowering its standards (if this is possible) to boost circulation & stay alive. Any kind of sensationalism, accurate or inaccurate, to stay afloat.

c f on December 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Meh. If Marinelli didn’t want to have his family involved in his professional life than he shouldn’t have shown appalling levels of nepotism by hiring two family members to his coaching staff.
[SH: IF PARKER HAD ASKED ALL OF HIS QUESTIONS MINUS THE LAST ONE, I'D HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT. MARINELLI'S NEPOTISTIC HIRING IS TOTALLY FAIR GAME. IT WAS THE LAST QUESTION, WHICH WAS OUT OF LINE. DS]

stormhit on December 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Stormhit has chosen apples and oranges comparisons for $1,000, Alex!
Wow! A daily double!
I’m a journalist, and I found Parker’s comments to be completely unprofessional. It’s because of morons like him that coaches don’t like to deal with the media.

richardzowie on December 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

With affirmative action you can never state the obvious. If someone sucks they suck. It is more racist than straightforward racism. It is more racist to not openly criticize someone because of their particular race. This perverted mindset of liberals to codify minorities hides a hidden guilt that they don’t see minorities as their equals. Liberals ignore the obvious until it gets to a melting point and then go into denial it ever happened.
KING HUSSEIN COBRAMA has benefited from this and now treats the nation and the media like its Bi**h. He knows he doesn’t have to answer questions and is so arrogant he will be given rationalizations for all his actions by this same media. All the questions about his past wont have to be answered because the liberal media has made a deliberate choice to use his presidency as an apology to blacks for slavery.
http://www.ncobraphiladelphia.org/joomla/index.html

californiascreaming on December 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Parker’s comment was certainly cruel and inappropriate, but I am far more troubled by the last part of this article concerning the egregious “reportage” by Shepardson, his failure to be disciplined, and his subsequent promotion by his newspaper. Being from New York (and my not having known about this blogsite in 20005), I learn about Shepardson only now. He aided and abetted the global jihad. He is a traitor, and a danger to civilization. Parker is merely a fool.
[CS: AGREED 100%. DS]

commonsense on December 24, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Hi Debbie. The question was overly personal, but I thought it was funny. The coach makes millions while losing every game and hiring his relatives. How much respect can he expect? BTW THE NYT has an unintentionally funny article about the Madoff affair and how it broke bonds of trust in the Jewish community and how Madoff has no possibility of making amends. It sounds to me like “Pinch” lost some money.

Anonymous1 on December 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm

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