ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation
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.
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.