Re: Rob Parker illustrating what lines a journalist should not cross (re: RG3)
Rose was talking about what he thought when he was 18 and has repeatedly said that's not how he thinks now. That's an important distinction. It's not like ESPN won't suspend him when he screws up, he was temporarily yanked when he had a DUI.
Getting back to Parker I doubt ESPN is doing anything they aren't allowed to. We'd need to see Parker's contract (if he has a contract) to be sure but news networks have always suspended personalities for offensive statements. I immediately think of when Bob Ryan was yanked for talking about smacking Joumana Kidd. Networks aren't going to let their own talking heads embarrass them.