ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation

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Hugh Douglas is no longer working for ESPN.

The former NFL player and “Numbers Never Lie” host was fired by ESPN on Tuesday after reports surfaced last week of an alleged confrontation between Douglas and “Numbers Don’t Lie” co-host Michael Smith at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Orlando.

Douglas confirmed his dismissal on Twitter.

“I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time,” Douglas tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

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Last week ESPN released a statement saying they were “looking into the situation” after reports surfaced on Deadspin and “The Big Lead” accusing an intoxicated Douglas threatening to beat up his “Numbers Never Lie” co-star while calling Smith an “Uncle Tom” and a “House n—–.”

Tuesday’s news of Douglas’ termination followed Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper being caught in another racial incident. A video posted to YouTube showed Cooper using the n-word in an argument with a security guard at a country .

Douglas and Smith repeatedly criticized Cooper on their ESPN show for his use of the racial slur with Douglas mocking the Eagles wide receiver last week on Twitter: “S/O to Riley Cooper.. For keepin it 100.. At least now we know!”

ESPN declined to comment on this story.

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  1. It is like everything else. The blacks say that only whites are racist. The truth is that ay race can be racist,and if you listen to most blacks they call each other the N-WORD all the time,and that is not racist. If they hate the N-Word being used so much then why do they keep saying it,and other racial things,and against whites also like Honky,and other words I am not going to say. It goes to show that a lot of blacks are Two Faced with what they say,and just want admit it.

  2. Chucky says:

    Sorry to hear about this. That was one funny Dark black Mo Fo. Miss already.

  3. G, Jardoness says:

    Hopefully, one of the lessons from this might be, it’s not a question of race or gender or sexual preference or affliction — But one person lashing out at another with whatever they believe will hurt them most.

  4. Mjkbk says:

    “……an intoxicated Douglas threatening to beat up his “Numbers Never Lie” co-star while calling Jones an “Uncle Tom” and a “House n—–.”…..”

    Assume some of us aren’t familiar with all the people related to this story. Who is “Jones”? He or she is never mentioned anywhere else but that single sentence.

    When breaking news compromises actual reader understanding, maybe it’s time to slow things down a little.

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