RGIII and his fiancee.

This past Thursday Rob Parker of ESPN questioned Robert Griffin aka “RGIII” as being a down for the cause African-American man. His question was simply, “Is RGIII a brother or a cornball brother?” This comment sparked so much controversy and backlash for Parker throughout news outlets that even the outspoken Stephen A. Smith couldn’t back him up on his claim. Rob Parker also compared RGIII to another so called “cornball brother” named Tiger Woods. The statement from Parker came from the observation of Robert Griffin’s elusive answering to questions concerning him being a quote-on-quote “black quarterback.” Below is an excerpt from this controversial conversation in case you didn’t catch it. You can read the complete article here:

“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.”

We’ve had a few days to think about it. Is RGIII wrong for not wanting to be defined as an athlete by his color? Was Parker wrong for questioning his blackness? Has RGIII even been around long enough to be considered a cornball brother? Is this even a big deal?