Last month, Rob Parker inappropriately brought up Detroit Lions’ Coach Rod Marinelli’s daughter during a postgame interview. Today, he’s out of the job. Parker, who claimed the comments were in jest, has left the Detroit News, and his former editor doesn’t even want to discuss him anymore….
Detroit News sports columnist Rob Parker has resigned from the newspaper, the paper’s managing editor told Journal-isms on Tuesday. Parker had been demoted to general assignment sports reporter, the Newspaper Guild disclosed, in the fallout from a news conference question to the coach of the Detroit Lions NFL team that drew criticism from management, readers and other sports journalists.
“He doesn’t work here any more,” Managing Editor Donald Nauss said. He said Parker resigned on Friday. Asked whether this followed a suspension of his column, Nauss said, “I can’t talk about personnel matters.”
Parker, who had been at the paper for eight years, could not be reached for comment and has not responded to previous requests.
Again, there’s a level of decorum that every person needs to have in a business setting, and at times we all cross the line, but occasionally some people leap across said line. It’s good that something was done about it for once.
Columnist Rob Parker Out at Detroit News (Journal-isms)