ESPN parts ways with former Eagles lineman Hugh Douglas
ESPN has parted ways with Hugh Douglas.
“He no longer works for us effective today,” said an ESPN spokesperson.
The former NFL player and Numbers Never Lie panelist was let go by ESPN today after disturbing details emerged last week from Deadspin and The Big Lead regarding an alleged confrontation between Douglas and ESPN Numbers Never Lie host Michael Smith at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Orlando. ESPN issued a statement last Tuesday saying, “We are aware there was a disagreement between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith. We are looking into the situation.”
Douglas tweeted shortly after the news of his dismissal broke, but largely reserved comment.
I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time—
Hugh Douglas (@Bighugh53) August 13, 2013
Asked Sunday by SI.com where the situation stood, ESPN spokesperson Rob Tobias said, “We are continuing to look into it and we expect a resolution this week.”
That resolution has come today.