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ESPN Suspends Commentator For Questioning ‘Blackness’ Of RG3

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Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - ESPN has handed commentator Rob Parker a 30-day suspension for questioning the “blackness” of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The network announced the suspension Thursday, a day after Parker apologized for comments he made during a Dec. 13 episode of “First Take.”

Posting to Twitter, Parker said, “I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care.”

Parker, who is black, was discussing Griffin’s role as an African-American quarterback when he noted that Griffin has a white fiance and is rumored to be a Republican.

Among his comments, Parker said, “Is he a brother or a cornball brother?”

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