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.


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)

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