After Rob Parker appeared on a Detroit-based community-affairs show on Sunday and revealed that First Take producers knew exactly what he was going to say when he made his "cornball brother" comments, some speculation ran around Bristol on Monday that his suspension would be permanent.
And today ESPN confirms that. The statement from ESPN PR:
Rob Parker's contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew.
Parker probably knew full well that he wasn't returning to ESPN by time he went on the Detroit show. When ESPN suspends talent, they usually go very, very quiet. Parker obviously didn't do that.
Parker recently had been named host of the Saturday edition of First Take. He wound up getting to host that show only once.