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Detroit columnist Parker quits

Updated: January 7, 2009, 12:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DETROIT -- A Detroit News sports columnist has left the paper, two weeks after he was criticized for asking Lions coach Rod Marinelli if he had wished his daughter married a better defensive coordinator.

Rob Parker resigned Friday, managing editor Don Nauss said Tuesday. Parker declined to comment on his departure.

Joe Barry is Marinelli's son-in-law and was defensive coordinator during Detroit's 0-16 season. On Dec. 21, after a 42-7 loss to New Orleans, Parker asked Marinelli about ...

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