Rob Parker is the Detroit News columnist who, in a post-game press conference, asked Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli : “On a light note, do you wish your daughter would have married a better defensive coordinator?”
Marinelli ignored it. He didn’t lighten the pain that his team just fell to 0-15. It didn’t lead to any self-deprecating response from Marinelli.
Instead, Parker has been dumped on ever since.
He wrote a follow-up column explaining his special relationship with Marinelli and why he thought he could get away with some stupid humor (story linked here).
Others in the media don’t really care about his explanation (SI.com reaction linked here).
Marinelli wasn’t in an accepting mood: “Anytime you attack my daughter, I’ve got a problem with that. In a room of stink … and as a man and it was premeditated. I think there was something wrong with that, yeah.”
Parker tries to explain himself during an appearance on ESPN2 “First Take” (clip via AwfulAnnouncing.com):
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Full disclosure: The Detroit News is one of the newspaper holdings of Dean Singleton, who also owns the Los Angeles Media Group, which runs the Los Angeles Daily News.