So Wait, You Can't Ask A Coach About His Daughter's Love Life During A Press Conference?

Monday, December 22, 2008

This story will be everywhere by Noon today, and rightfully so. Rob Parker of the Detroit News decided to grill Detroit Lions' Coach, Rod Marinelli on his son-in-law, who is also the team's defensive coordinator. Parker tries to get a ton of questions in, and bait Marinelli into saying something controversial, before dropping this bombshell. Stay tuned for the NFL on FOX's response....



"Do you wish your daughter married a better defensive coordinator."- Rob Parker

That's just uncalled for. I mean the guy already answered your previous question, and is dealing with a possible 0-16 season. Good lord....give the man a break. Hopefully Parker is reprimanded, but even if he's fired, he'll still have a regular spot on First Take.

You stay classy, Rob Parker.

Update: Here's Parker's apology from this morning....
I attempted to lighten the moment in a tense situation and asked Marinelli if he wished his daughter had married a better defensive coordinator...What might have seemed like a personal attack wasn't...I have asked Marinelli on numerous occasions if he's going to fire his son-in-law.

Every week, Marinelli says the same thing.

"No."

It's almost a running joke. A news conference isn't complete unless I ask it.
Sunday, with my attempt at humor, I was trying to get Marinelli to lighten up, have some fun after a rough day...Apparently, those watching replays of the news conference on TV didn't see it as humor. There's no way they could have known the relationship Marinelli and I have built, especially this trying season.

I don't know about that. The way the question was asked, it seemed very combative to me.

Fire Rob Parker (Pride of Detroit)
There's more to Marinelli (Detroit News)

24 Comments:

Rob Parker in Chicagoan is "Jay Mariotti"

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 9:07:00 AM  

Hmm...maybe T.O. was joking last week when he berated Ed Werder.

Right, ESPN? RIGHT??


They're already trying to downplay this jackasses' behavior because he's an "ESPN contributor".

Crude said...
Dec 22, 2008, 9:17:00 AM  

great job rob. so what if he asks those questions? marinellis team is terrible i hope they got 0 and 16. its fuckin pro football.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 9:17:00 AM  

One thing for certain. Both of them will be out after this season.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 22, 2008, 9:27:00 AM  

Rob Parker is a moron.....worthless commentary....as is First Take

4teeone said...
Dec 22, 2008, 10:07:00 AM  

That question has likely been haunting Marinelli for awhile now. Why, oh why, didn't my daughter marry Monte Kiffin!!!

GMoney said...
Dec 22, 2008, 10:49:00 AM  

As long as I have been aware of that jackass Parker, he has been a whiny squealing annoying douchebag who pulls race card shit as the basis for every argument his mind comes up with.

ESPN sure does have high standards, ethical ones, too!

hollywood wags said...
Dec 22, 2008, 11:25:00 AM  

I was listening to the Lions' postgame show, and they mentioned that Parker told them he was thinking of asking that particular question at the press conference.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 11:48:00 AM  

i love the race card. every black person should play it. fuck marinelli and his garbage team. why should we feel sorry for him? hes garbage and his team is garbage. hes is 10-37 as a coach. he should be gone anyway. and rob is a reporter so why the fuck does it matter what he asks?

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

I fail to see the "humor" in that. Really.

Marinelli pretty much took responsibility for everything that has gone on and then this bozo drills him with that question.

Here's hoping that the Lions can beat Green Bay next week. There's never any fun in seeing professional athletes with pride going winless.

Stay classy, Rob Parker.

JFein said...
Dec 22, 2008, 12:00:00 PM  

You stay classy as well, Anon @ 11:57.

JFein said...
Dec 22, 2008, 12:01:00 PM  

"and rob is a reporter so why the fuck does it matter what he asks?"

Yeah, that whole argument coming from the Wilbon's and Korny's of the world about the integrity of sportswriting is pretty much a big fucking joke anyway...

H Wags said...
Dec 22, 2008, 12:46:00 PM  

It is humorous when an idiot like Parker, who has never played a sport in his life, tries to comment about anything involving sports. He has never been able to keep a job because of his mouth and that is why he loves to try to get other people fired. The Lion's coaches deserve to be fired but I hope Parker gets silenced again also. He would never challenge a black coach that way.Go back to NY Rob. Oh that's right, you failed there also.

TBrad said...
Dec 22, 2008, 1:59:00 PM  

That was pathetic and classes. He was obviously trying to bait Marinelli into going off the handle. I can't stand Parker and I hope he gets fired.

I'm sure ESPN will sweep this under the rug and act like nothing happened.

Mike said...
Dec 22, 2008, 2:18:00 PM  

Rob Parker is a hack and with the recent newpappers cut, I wouldn't be suprised if he is gone by sometime next year.

49er16 said...
Dec 22, 2008, 2:52:00 PM  

Wait, so... we have this whole blog dedicated to announcers saying stupid and offensive things during a broadcast, however, if a reporter asks a hilarious yet offensive question during a press conference it's entirely not OK and the scope of this entire site changes as a result?

I don't buy into the double standard you are trying to present here for an instant.

thebigo said...
Dec 22, 2008, 3:26:00 PM  

"Rob Parker in Chicagoan is "Jay Mariotti"

Even Mariotti wouldn't be that much of a douchebag.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 3:43:00 PM  

hahaha i love watching that, how do you see it as being a douchebag? i think its hilarious

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 3:59:00 PM  

i think that question is hilarious.
lighten up, the team is 0-15, why even have press conferences at this point??

stephen said...
Dec 22, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

There was no humor in it, he was just being obnoxious.

But that seems to pass for humor nowadays, at any rate. The dumbing down of the US continues.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 22, 2008, 5:07:00 PM  

Rob Parker was always annoying whenever I saw him on First Take, not just by what he would say, but how annoying his voice sounds. This guy was part of the reason I stopped watching First Take - dumb columnists talking about topics that may not be knowledgeable about at all. People like Rob Parker, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, Two Live Stews, etc. talking about sports made me feel stupid when watching it.

As for this situation, what makes what Parker said so terrible was the fact that he had been badgering Marinelli about the son-in-law leading up to the rude comment. Parker can't say that it was meant to be a joke because of the previous 2 minutes of questions he was asking.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

Who cares they are grown men its professional football. Marinelli is making millions to not win a game, i could pull that off. Good god i wonder how marinelli would handle questions like that every day if he was coachin in NYC.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2008, 9:00:00 PM  

This is why the US is in the situation it is in. People are all upset over a professional sports coach being harassed when his staff are not getting the job done. Kinda like a bank not knowing the earnings of the people they are loaning money to to buy a home.

If any regular Joe or Jane can't do their job, or their CEO leads them into a mess like we have now, the CEO rides his jet off into the sunset and Jane and Joe gets laid off or fired for not doing the work, and then they wonder how they are going to pay the rent.

Thank God Ford is not asking for a bailout, who knows how much of it would go to the Lions!

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2008, 4:21:00 AM  

The thing I hate most about Rob Parker is how insulting he is to viewers when expecting them to believe his question was all in good fun... a way to lighten up a gloomy day. Not only are we supposed to believe this garbage, but also that Marinelli was completely ok with it. His tone was not friendly or joking and Marinelli was certainly NOT ok with it, and anyone that has a daughter would understand why. Parker should have kept his non-apology to himself, with everything he says he just continues to insult, and is simply too stupid to understand that most of us are smart enough to see his spin as utter bs.

buzzcramp said...
Dec 30, 2008, 3:16:00 PM  

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