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ESPN Host Calls Robert Griffin III A "Cornball Brother"

ESPN personality Rob Parker is a talking head on "First Take," which is a terrible show. It's the lowest common denominator on a network that features multiple programs devoted to people yelling at each other. And Parker is not exactly a bastion of fine journalism himself.

But Thursday, Parker took it to a new level while discussing Washington Redskins QB/sensation Robert Griffin III. Parker basically said Griffin is "distancing himself from black people" after the QB made comments how being African-American does not define him. Parker went on to criticize Griffin for having a white fiancee and for identifying politically as a Republican.

Parker's inane line of reasoning stems from an interview in USA Today, where Griffin said the following:

“I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that…We always try to find similarities in life, no matter what it is so they’re going to try to put you in a box with other African-American quarterbacks – Vick, Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon…That’s the goal. Just to go out and not try to prove anybody wrong but just let your talents speak for themselves.”

The Big Lead pulled the best quotes from Parker's appearance on First Take today, and the money quote is this:

"It makes me wonder deeper about him. I’ve talked to some people in Washington D.C. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is he a brother or is he a cornball brother”

First and foremost, what does that even mean? Parker is questioning Griffin's level of blackness simply because Griffin doesn't want to be defined solely by his race. Parker said this: "We all know he has a white fiancee. People always talk about how he’s Republican. There’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue."

Honestly, what difference does it make? Does Griffin have to prove something to Rob Parker or the world at large about his race? Parker is insinuating that Griffin is rejecting his own skin color based on his love life or his voting record, which is insane and offensive. Nothing about him as a person affects the enjoyment we all get from watching him perform on the field. Obviously, that sentiment cuts both ways - he could be a terrible guy but great on the field, and we'd still like him all the same. Thankfully, he seems to be a pretty great guy and has been since his Baylor days. What is the point of taking a shot at him based on some innocuous and fairly correct comment.

The fun thing about RGIII, the thing that makes him so special already, is that he bears little resemblance to other players who have come before him. The lazy comparison is to equate Griffin with Mike Vick, or Warren Moon, and Griffin realizes that. But he's more accurate than Vick, more exciting than Daunte Culpepper or Donovan McNabb. Why not just let him be... RGIII, instead of constantly comparing him to other black quarterbacks that have preceded him in the NFL? In a sense, this is similar to the backlash Cam Newton faced earlier this year for his reaction to his team losing. Tom Brady is just as demonstrative on the field, and Jay Cutler is just as much of a "malcontent," but for some reason it seems like Newton endured weeks of bad press simply because he was mad after not playing well.

There is still a strange racial expectation attached to the quarterback position, and Griffin will most likely have to rail against it for the rest of his career. But for now, we should all sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Country Music Fans Boycott Wrangler Brand Following Lil Nas X's Partnership

Country music fans are reportedly planning to boycott Wrangler brand due to their recent partnership with rising star Lil Nas X.

This week, Wrangler launched its new capsule collection with Lil Nas X. The line was inspired by a lyric from the rapper's No. 1 hit, "Old Town Road:" "Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty," he rap-sings.

After Wrangler shared the news of the collaboration on Instagram, country music fans quickly expressed their issues with the partnership. "Really? Supporting an artist that so clearly is mocking country music and the lifestyle it represents? Bad move Wrangler," on commenter wrote.

"Thank you, Wrangler, for ruining the original cowboy cuts awesome just fantastic," another person wrote.

Not too long after the controversy, Lil Nas X hopped on Twitter to address hs haters. "Y’all really boycotting wrangler?? Is it that deep?" Nas X tweeted.

It isn't that deep, indeed. Well, while the haters keep hating, Lil Nas X is gearing up for his debut EP, 7, which is slated to drop in June 2019.

 

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Big Sean Confronts Nipsey Hussle's Killer In Thoughtful Video

Fans are still processing the death of Nipsey Hussle. While some people have expressed anger and sorrow, others are channeling their emotions in different ways. Big Sean shared a powerful video message on Instagram on Monday (May 20) about Nip's passing and even addressed his killer.

"You know what I wanted to say was to the person who murdered Nipsey and to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be—you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem," Sean said. "Obviously that’s not how you solve problems. I don't know if we know the value of a life for real, because when you take somebody’s life, dog—you’re setting back their family. You’re setting the whole lineage back—generations. What I mean by that is, I know for a fact my grandma was working for my mom and for me and my brother. I don’t even have kids—I’m definitely already working for my kids and my kids’ kids. When you take somebody’s life, you’re setting all that back. And for what? For something that could have been communicated better?"

Although Big Sean doesn't say his name in the video, he is likely referring to Eric Holder, who was arrested for allegedly murdering Nipsey Hussle outside of his Los Angeles clothing store in Mar. 2019. Police say Hussle was shot after he and Holder got into an argument.

Sean also pointed out the difficulties black men have with communicating their feelings. "It takes a lot of effort. I’ve noticed that men, and in Black men, we're taught to communicate certain ways," he continued. "We're taught to be tough, we're taught to stand tough and get your revenge and retaliate through violence and all that type of shit. But you know, we’re going to keep losing kings!"You can view Sean's message for yourself below.

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Florida Teacher Arrested For Carrying Knives And Loaded Guns In Classrooms

A fourth-grade teacher at Starkey Elementary School was arrested Monday (May 20) after authorities found knives, a 9mn Glock with seven rounds of ammunition and other weapons.

According to reports, the 49-year-old had the weapons, including a six-inch fighting knife and a two-inch finger knife, in classrooms with students.

Reportedly, Starkey Elementary School principal saw Betty Soto behaving suspiciously as she carried the backpack with her wherever she went.

Law enforcement arrived on campus after being notified by the principal. They interviewed Soto and found the weapons. The teacher reportedly was let out on bond at 9 PM Monday night and when asked by reporters why she brought the weapons to school she attributed it to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

"Ask Desantis," she answered. "Ask your governor."

In early May, the Republican governor signed a bill that will allow teachers to carry guns inside a classroom. The measure was a reported response to the Parkland High School shooting.

Soto's Facebook page will be investigated as part of the overall investigation due to a post that was shared. "Are you surprised I'm a revolutionary? You should have seen it coming. Hate that I was on my way to the plantation, but I had to free some minds."

Erica Kennedy, a mother of two at Starkey Elementary, described Soto's behavior as "militant" and "suspicious."

"She seemed very abrupt, the way she was speaking. I almost felt like she was talking to these kids like she was their parent, you know, just really, a little overboard. So, it made me kind of, something kind of went up in the back of my hair like, hmmm," Kennedy explained.

Soto reportedly will not be returning to Starkey Elementary School.

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