But Parker did apologize, and ESPN has also acknowledged that it was wrong not only to air Parker’s comments but to re-air them on Best of First Take later on the same day that Parker made the comments. The decision to re-air the comments and give them the “best of” seal of approval was not Parker’s, and Parker indicated that ESPN knew even before the program what he planned to say about Griffin.
Asked if ESPN producers knew what Parker would say about Griffin, Parker answered, “Yeah, for the most part.”
“I mean, we had a discussion — a pre-production meeting. Not every single word, but they knew which way we were going and it’s just not off the cuff, obviously,” Parker said.