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Rob Parker on RGIII’s blackness
Dec-13-2012 1312 0


Robert Griffin III has been asked about his race repeatedly this season. He has not, to my knowledge, ever brought the subject up himself. Every time he’s been asked about it, he has managed to appear thoughtful and considerate without possibly offending anyone.

I’m not sure he’s ever handled the race question better than on last week’s Comcast SportsNet special, when Chick Hernandez talked about being a black quarterback in D.C.

“Whenever you can relate to the population of the team that you play for, I think it makes it that much more special,” Griffin said. “I don’t play too much into the color game, because I don’t want to be the best African American quarterback, I want to be the best quarterback.

“But to the fans, and to the fans who think that way and look at me as an African American, it’s important that I succeed, not only for this team, but for them,” he continued. “Because it gives them that motivation, that hey, you know, an African American went out and played quarterback for my Washington Redskins. So I appreciate that; I don’t ever downplay anything like that. Whoever I can go out every week and motivate to do better and to try to go after their dreams, I’m up for that.”

Again, I don’t know how he could possibly have handled that issue — which he did not raise himself — any better.

But people keep asking. The rookie was asked about race yet again on Wednesday, this time by an ESPN reporter. He delivered a similar answer. It was an answer that showed he’s actually thought about the issue, but it was steadfastly non-controversial.

“I am [aware] of how race is relevant to [some fans]. I don’t ignore it,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I try not to be defined by it, but I understand different perspectives and how people view different things. So I understand they’re excited their quarterback is an African American. I play with a lot of pride, a lot of character, a lot of heart. So I understand that, and I appreciate them for being fans.”

Well. This led to a Thursday discussion on First Take, ESPN’s abysmal debate program. Panelist Rob Parker was asked, ‘What does this say about RGIII?”

“This is an interesting topic,” Parker said. “For me, personally, just me, this throws up a red flag, what I keep hearing. And I don’t know who’s asking the questions, but we’ve heard a couple of times now of a black guy kind of distancing himself away from black people.

“I understand the whole story of I just want to be the best,” Parker continued. “Nobody’s out on the field saying to themselves, I want to be the best black quarterback. You’re just playing football, right? You want to be the best, you want to throw the most touchdowns and have the most yards and win the most games. Nobody is [thinking] that.

“But time and time we keep hearing this, so it just makes me wonder deeper about him,” Parker went on. “And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., friends of mine, who are around and at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question. Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

What does that mean, Parker was asked.

“Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us,” Parker explained. “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else.”

Why is that your question, Parker was asked.

“Well, because I want to find out about him,” Parker said. “I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

Then Skip Bayless asked Parker about RGIII’s braids.

“Now that’s different,” Parker said. “To me, that’s very urban and makes you feel like…wearing braids, you’re a brother. You’re a brother if you’ve got braids on.”

Then Stephen A. Smith was asked for his take. He exhaled deeply.

“Well first of all let me say this: I’m uncomfortable with where we just went,” Smith said. “RGIII, the ethnicity, the color of his fiancée is none of our business. It’s irrelevant. He can live his life any way he chooses. The braids that he has in his hair, that’s his business, that’s his life. I don’t judge someone’s blackness based on those kind of things. I just don’t do that. I’m not that kind of guy.

“What I would say to you is that the comments he made are fairly predictable,” Smith went on. “I think it’s something that he may feel, but it’s also a concerted effort to appease the masses to some degree, which I’m finding relatively irritating, because I don’t believe that the black athlete has any responsibility whatsoever to have to do such things.

“Let me say this clearly. I don’t know of anybody who goes into something trying to be the best black anything. We understand that. That’s a given,” Smith said. “But I do think it’s important to acknowledge a level of pride and a feeling of a level of accomplishment for being somebody who happens to be of African American descent, who competes and achieves and accomplishes things on the highest level while also bringing attention – to some degree anyhow – to the pride that they feel being black. Because they’re allowing themselves to be a reminder to those who preceded them, who worked so hard, accomplished and achieved so much, but were denied the accolades that that individual is receiving.”

Later, Parker was given an opportunity to clarify whether he was judging Griffin’s blackness.

“I didn’t mean it like that,” he said. “We could sit here and be honest, or we can be dishonest. And you can’t tell me that people in the barbershops or people that talk, they look at who your spouse is. They do. And they look at how you present yourself. People will say all the time, you’re not gonna get a job in corporate America wearing those braids. It happens all the time. Let’s not act like it doesn’t, because it does.”

The only conclusion I’m willing to make about all of this is that the show would have been much more thoughtful had Griffin been on the panel. Or had he replaced the panel.


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Taylor’s death was ruled a homicide. Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson fired Miller four days after the shooting, citing Miller’s failure to follow proper police procedures during the call. Police said at the time they expected to present the case to a Tarrant County grand jury.

Zhivonni McDonnell, a public information officer for Arlington police, said late Wednesday the department declined to comment: “The case will continue progressing through the criminal justice system.”

Taylor’s family could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Mike Heiskell, an attorney who represents the family, told WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that “regardless of what may have been in his system, this was still an unjustified death of a young man.”

But John Snider, the attorney representing Miller, said in a statement that the autopsy report is “very significant evidence.”

“In light of this crucial development we hope that Chief Johnson will reconsider his rush to judgment,” he said in an emailed statement.

Snider had previously criticized Johnson, saying he only fired Miller to “appease anti-police activists.”

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Surveillance camera footage released shortly after the shooting showed Taylor at the dealership, at one point standing on the hood of a silver Ford Mustang, stomping on the glass and trying to rip it away, and eventually trying to climb inside. Taylor also drove his Jeep through the dealership’s showroom window, though that’s not shown on camera.

Taylor died from gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen, according to the autopsy. The report stated “all the bullets appear to have been fired in front of him,” indicating Taylor was facing Miller when he was shot.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drug commonly known as “N-Bomb” that was found in Taylor’s blood can cause agitation, aggression and visual and auditory hallucinations, among other health issues.

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Taylor was arrested in 2013 on a misdemeanor drug possession charge. The charge was dismissed after he completed probation this summer.

His friends said they never saw him using drugs.

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“He was always the guy to be like, ‘Put on your seat belt,’ or ‘Be safe in my car,’” Beckford said.

Taylor’s close friends from Mansfield Summit High School said he had specifically steered clear of narcotics.

“In front of my face, I’ve never seen him do drugs,” said Sam Armardi. “Marijuana is probably the only thing anybody did in high school.”

And after Taylor turned suddenly religious over the summer, his friends said, he seemed intolerant of even small vices.

“He was saying: ‘You shouldn’t be smoking. You shouldn’t be doing this. You shouldn’t be doing that. God is good. God is great,’” Armardi said.

Armardi said he had heard unconfirmed rumors that Taylor had used LSD with a friend one month before his death and had planned to use it again the night he was slain.

“Those were the only two times they did it, and we never heard about the drugs again until after he passed away,” Armardi said.

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Taylor didn’t respond well to the suggestion.

“Jordan just called me thinking that I’m crazy and need help,” he texted to his friends’ group chat a few weeks before his death. “Are you crazy?? … I know I’m living right with God.”

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The video shows Ferrell walking, and then running, toward officers. Once he’s out of frame, an officer yells “get on the ground” multiple times, and gunshots are heard.

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Kerrick was arrested after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe viewed the video of the encounter. The officer “did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter,” Monroe said at the time.

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J-Quan Johnson says he was following police orders to disperse the "Love is Love" block party on Aug. 31, 2014, by hobbling away on crutches when Officer Dwight Powell allegedly shoved someone into him.

"Why are you being so aggressive?" Johnson asked the cop, telling him to be careful of his leg.

Johnson, 25, had stitches in his left ankle, as well as an intravenous PICC line administering antibiotics to his chest as a result of the basketball injury he’d suffered in June.

Powell allegedly replied, "I don't give a f--- about your foot!"

Johnson fired back that he didn't care that Powell was a cop, prompting Powell to slap him in the face, papers charge.

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A video shows an officer swinging his baton at Johnson as cops are piled on top of him. Papers charge that blow was directly on his injured foot.

“It's an outrage,” Johnson's attorney Michael Braverman said. “They were completely out of control.”

J-Quan Johnson's suit says he had to undergo skin grafts to his ankle as a result of the police beating.

Braverman said his client has no criminal record and that an assault charge stemming from the incident was dismissed last month.

In the ambulance an officer twice punched Johnson in the face, papers charge.

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Johnson was hospitalized at New York Presbyterian Hospital from Aug. 31, 2014 to Oct. 3, 2014, as a result of the beating, documents claim.

He seeks damages to be determined at trial.

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A devastated mom braced Wednesday to bury her second son in three years after the teen was fatally shot just three blocks from the corner where his big brother was killed.

“I don’t even know what to tell you right now,” Sharon Plummer said outside her Brooklyn home, where she held a photo of slain 16-year-old Neshawn.

“All I know is we’ve got to do something to stop this gun violence,” she added. “It’s a lot for one mother to go through, to bury two kids.”

Neshawn was mortally wounded Sunday night at Seagirt Ave. and Beach 126th St., a short walk from the 129th St. spot where Shawn Plummer, 18, was killed with a single shot to the head on July 13, 2012.

“It’s hard,” the distraught mom said. “I’ve got to take some me time right now.”

Police sources said two men on foot approached Neshawn at about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, with one firing a bullet into the teen’s head before they both fled.

A surveillance video released by police showed three suspects — two running away, and a third climbing into a waiting car. Neshawn died Tuesday at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

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No arrests were made in either the killing of Neshawn Plummer or his older brother, cops said.

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In papers filed in New Jersey Federal Court, Harris Faulkner says she’s suffered “substantial commercial and emotional damage” from a plastic hamster doll that shares her name.

“Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,” her $5 million lawsuit says.

But toy giant Hasbro Inc. has “willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner’s unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain—by creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named ‘Harris Faulkner.’”

The adorable toy, which was released last year, is part of Hasbro’s hit “Littlest Pet Shop” toy line.

Faulkner, 49, doesn’t think there’s anything cute about the big-eyed hamster, saying in her suit that Hasbro’s portrayal of her as “a rodent is demeaning and insulting.”

The company’s “manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner,” the suit says.

Fox News anchor named Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro over its 'Harris Faulkner' hamster toy.
In addition to its “prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name,” it also has a “physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.”

Also upsetting to Faulkner is that the toy’s packaging says its a “choking hazard.”

“Faulkner is extremely distressed that her name has been wrongly associated with a plastic toy that is a known choking hazard that risks harming small children,” the suit says.

The suit, which was first reported by Courthouse News, seeks $5 million in damages and a court order barring Hasbro “from further violations and misappropriations of Faulkner’s name, likeness, identity, or persona.”

Hasbro, which also makes Transformer toys, Nerf balls, Play-Doh and numerous board games, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Faulkner, a 49-year-old married mother of two, joined FNC in 2005, and anchors “Fox Report Weekend.”

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Jay Z doesn’t want a California jury to hear about his hard-knock life.

The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has asked a federal court judge to bar testimony about his criminal past – and current high-flying lifestyle – from an upcoming civil trial.

Now a megabuck mogul, the Brooklyn native’s rap sheet includes arrests for weapons charges and a 1999 stabbing.

His lawyers say none of that should figure into his current court case, where he and Tim (Timbaland) Mosley are defending themselves in a civil suit charging they swiped a song sample for the Jay Z smash “Big Pimpin.”

The suit was brought in 2007 by a relative of an Egyptian composer named Baligh Hamdi, who said the tune ripped off Hamdi’s 1960 song “Khosara, Khosara.”

Timbaland has said in court papers that he thought he’d bought the rights.

Despite how long the case has been dragging through the court system, Hamdi’s lawyers didn’t mention they wanted to bring up the records of Jay Z and the other defendants in the case until last month.

“Plaintiff has not identified the purpose of offering Defendants' criminal histories, let alone articulated how the probative value of such evidence substantially outweighs their prejudicial effect. Nor can he: the criminal record is entirely irrelevant and poses an overwhelming risk of biasing the jury against Defendants,” Jay Z’s lawyer said in a recent court filing.

He noted that “none of the defendants have been convicted of a crime within the last ten years,” and said that “Any evidence or argument relating to any of the Defendants' criminal histories should thus be excluded."

He also urged the judge to shoot down any inquiry into his client’s “wealth and resources.”

Hamdi’s lawyers contend those should be fair game, because it would show that Jay Z could have easily afforded a thorough investigation into the title of the song, but he simply didn’t bother to do so.

Jay Z’s lawyer Andrew Bart said that was a bogus argument.

“Of course, the real reason that Plaintiff wants to mention Defendants’ financial condition is to bias the jury against Defendants, emphasize their wealth, and artificially inflate the size of a potential damages award,” Bart wrote in court filings. “Accordingly, even if marginally relevant, this evidence is unduly prejudicial and should be excluded.”

A judge has yet to rule on the dispute, which was first reported by TMZ.

Both Jay Z and Timbaland are expected to testify in the trial, which is slated to start next month.

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A Queens woman sporting nine fake fingernails told cops she wasn’t with her boyfriend when he was shot to death in his left side early Saturday. But the lie fell apart — leading to her arrest Monday — when a sharp-eyed detective noticed her one naked digit.

“On his body we find a fingernail and we noticed that when we talk to his girlfriend she’s missing a fingernail,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “We take her back into custody, we start speaking to her, and she makes admissions she actually killed him.”

After the murder, police say Dawn McIntosh, 46, of Long Island City, enlisted the help of her son and daughter to carry Sh-Ron McWhorter’s body to a car. He was too heavy, so McIntosh tried to burn the victim’s body to mask the crime. The mom was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

Firefighters doused the blaze, but the 43-year-old Brooklyn man couldn’t be saved. Police identified McWhorter by the “Sugar Sha” tattoo on his left arm, sources said.

McWhorter’s heartbroken mom called McIntosh “a stalker” and said her son wanted nothing to do with the accused killer. Wiping away tears, she said she turned 67 on Monday and her son always remembered her birthday.

“I didn’t get that call from him saying, ‘Happy Birthday,’” Barbara McWhorter said.

Channell Barber, mother of the victim’s 16-year-old son, Donte, identified the charred remains over the weekend.

“When I went to identify the body, I was hoping it wasn’t him,” Barber said.

The chain of events that ended with McIntosh’s arrest began early Saturday when the couple began arguing about his alleged infidelity at a Long Island City residence on 14th St., police said.

“She shoots him twice,” Boyce said. “She put lighter fluid on him and then started the fire.”

McIntosh, at first, insisted that she hadn’t seen her boyfriend and that he had stood her up, Boyce said. Then detectives noticed she was missing the fingernail. Trapped, McIntosh told cops that after the killing, she called her son Donte Watkins, 21, and her 15-year-old daughter to help get rid of the body, sources said.

But McWhorter was too heavy for Watkins to lift into the victim’s Jeep, the sources said. So as her kids looked on, McIntosh set the body on fire.

Watkins was later charged with tampering with evidence. His sister was not charged with a crime.

McIntosh, who lives in the Astoria Houses less than a mile from where her beau’s burning body was found, has two prior arrests on her rap sheet but the records are sealed.

A neighbor found it hard to believe McIntosh was involved with McWhorter.

“He was a street guy,” said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “Something just doesn’t add up.”

McWhorter’s rap sheet lists 28 arrests, 18 of them drug offenses in Brooklyn. He was busted for a criminal sex act in 2003. And records show McWhorter was named in four domestic violence reports filed by another woman in 2007 and 2008.

There have been 222 murders in the city this year through Sunday — an 8.3% increase over the same time period last year when there were 205. The number of people who have been shot this year is up by less than a percentage point. Serious crime is down 4% citywide.

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