ESPN bars Rob Parker for Robert Griffin III comments

ESPN has handed commentator Rob Parker a 30-day suspension for questioning the "blackness" of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Commentator suspended 30 days for questioning 'blackness' of Redskins quarterback

ESPN commentator Rob Parker has been suspended 30 days for questioning the "blackness" of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, seen here. (Rick Osentoski/Associated Press)

ESPN has handed commentator Rob Parker a 30-day suspension for questioning the "blackness" of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The network announced the suspension Thursday, a day after Parker apologized for comments he made during a Dec. 13 episode of "First Take".

Posting to Twitter, Parker said, "I blew it and I'm sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care."

Parker, who is black, was discussing Griffin's role as an African-American quarterback when he noted that Griffin has a white fiance and is rumoured to be a Republican.

Among his comments, Parker said, "Is he a brother or a cornball brother?"