Rob Parker Biography
Rob Parker is an American sports anchor for 7 Action News at 10 pm on TV20 Detroit. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports 1’s show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. Before he became a contributor to Fox Sports, he was a sports columnist for ClickOnDetroit.com and a regular commentator on WDIV-TV Local 4 Sports Final Edition. Parker had previously worked as a sports columnist for The Detroit News. He was also a member of ESPN’S First Take program.
Rob Parker Education
Rob Parker went to Southern Connecticut State University where she graduated with a degree in journalism. He later joined Columbia University where he received his Master’s degree in journalism. There is no information about the high school he went to.
Robert Parker Age
Robert Parker was born in 1964 10th of January. He is 55 years old as of 2019. The American sports anchor for 7 Action News at 10 pm on TV20 Detroit. Aside from being a sports anchor, he has also been a contributor to Fox Sports 1’s show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.
Robert Parker Family
Parker was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York to his parents whose names are not yet disclosed. There is no much information about his family and siblings if he has any. There is also no much information about his childhood.
Rob Parker Wife
Sports anchor Rob Parker has not yet disclosed any information about his family. He prefers to keep his personal life very private. There is no information if he is married and if he has kids.
Robert Parker Career
1993 was the year that Parker began his sports writing career at the Detroit Free Press. He became the paper’s first African-American sports columnist. Parker later moved on to New York. He became the first African-American general sports columnist for Newsday. He eventually went back to his roots and wrote for the Detroit News for nearly a decade from 2000 to 2008. He contributed to a number of other papers throughout the years. Rob currently writes for “The Shadow League.”
Rob has been a mainstay on Detroit sports television since 1994 when he became a contributor to WDIV’s “Sports Final Edition.” He held that position until earlier this year when he transitioned to his current role as the sports anchor for WXYZ/WMYD’s nightly “Action News.” In 2005, Rob made his national television debut as a regular contributor on ESPN’s “First Take.” He established an immediate rapport with Skip Bayless and is now reunited with the opinionated host. He frequently appears on UNDISPUTED alongside Bayless, co-host Shannon Sharpe, and moderator Joy Taylor.
Moving on to his Controversies, Parker once penned a much-maligned column where he called Hank Aaron a “coward” for declining to attend when Barry Bonds would break the career home run record. In October 2008, Rob faultily reported that Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans, was involved in a fight with members of the Michigan State hockey team. After being publicly reproved by head coach Mark Dantonio at his weekly news conference, he was suspended by The Detroit News for two weeks. On December 21, 2008, during a press conference following the Lions 42–7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, during the Detroit Lions 0–16 season, Rob caused controversy when he addressed a question at Lions head coach Rod Marinelli about Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry, Marinelli’s son-in-law. He inquired whether Marinelli wished that his daughter had “married a better defensive coordinator.” The question was criticized as unprofessional and inappropriate. The next day, Rob wrote that the comment was “an attempt at humor” and not a malicious attack. On January 6, 2009, The Detroit News announced that Parker had resigned from the newspaper a week after the incident.
Rob Parker | Robert Griffin III
In 2012 December 13th, on First Take, Rob made controversial remarks relating to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during a segment discussing Griffin’s comment at an earlier press conference that although he was an African-American, he did not want to be defined by that alone. Parker said that these words were a “red flag” for him and asked, “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” When asked to explain what he meant by this, he stated, “He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.” Rob then cited Robert having a white fiancée and “talk about how he’s a Republican” (though he acknowledged having no information to support this).
Later that day, ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said that Parker’s comments, “were inappropriate and we are evaluating our next steps.” On December 20, 2012, ESPN announced that Parker would be suspended for 30 days. Rob pressed surprise at the reaction to his comments, stating “Looking back on some of the comments, I can see where people could take it out of context and run with it. But the response and what happened over the past 30 days is just shocking.” On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, ESPN announced that Parker would not return.
Rob Parker Net Worth | Rob Parker Salary
Parker earns a reasonable amount of money from his career as a sports anchor and host. Though his net worth and salary are not yet revealed, it’s evident that he lives a comfortable life. The sports anchor has had a successful career in the Journalism industry.
Rob Parker Podcast
Rob Parker and Chris Broussard both host a podcast known as The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker. They provide listeners with a dynamic discussion as the opposites take listeners through the biggest hits in sports.
Rob Parker Lebron James
Rob Parker and Chris Broussard got to discuss what to make of basketball club Lakers coming off two bad losses. They also talked about LeBron’s poor leadership skills where Parker commented about LeBron being the worst leader of all time.