Posted August 13, 2013

ESPN parts ways with former Eagles lineman Hugh Douglas

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The 1995 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Hugh Douglas spent 10 years in the NFL.

The 1995 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Hugh Douglas spent 10 years in the NFL. (Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT)

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.

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.

99 comments
WayneDarby
WayneDarby

What does it matter? ESPN is the worst sports network out there. There are many more options to get your sports fix without the fake sensationalist reporting and debating that occurs on this network. Yes Douglas is a tool but most people on this network are tools.

Joe R2
Joe R2

I'm not surprised.  Douglas was an as.shole when he played and probably still is.  Michael Smith seems like a good dude so I'm not shocked that ESPN kept him and let Douglas walk.  I guess he called Smith an Uncle Tom... Maybe because he's educated and well-spoken, unlike Douglas...

RichRF
RichRF

Mr Douglas was never trust worthy, i still remember what he did in Jacksonville, after get a big contract show up out of shape and din,t play hard at all. Act berry sloppy then went home crying  to the Phillip


..m@vrick
..m@vrick

This week on when Jocks attack ..

Jean
Jean

Another KneeGrow jest being a KneeGrow.

beercrackin'g8r
beercrackin'g8r

atthebarbershop

I would never say those things about another black person. In this case though, it sounds like Douglas was using this test to get something petty. The worse thing you can do besides use these words, even if they're true, is use them in a situation that doesn't call for it.

A situation that doesn't call for it.....that rules out a Kenny Chesney concert.

Skott
Skott

would be great if they get rid of Meryl Hodge. He has no personality whats so ever and comes off grumpy and bitter all the time.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

For my 2cents: chris berman is the WORST pig on t.v. acting like he's played pro ball in EVERY sport. And his stuttering is worse than obama's speak.  And that self ego'd mark schlereth is in 2nd place.  He can't quit reliving the glory days for telling what he used to do. 

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

There is one thing to be noted though......if you see my below comment I have no problem with the fate of Douglas.  However, Dana Jacobsen (who I had and still have a minor crush on) reportedly went crazy at a Mike and Mike drunk as hell on Grey Goose cussing about Touchdown Jesus and generally was talking crazy for awhile.  Her rant was so explosive they decided to pull the whole event and officially acted like that never happened.   What I find funny is after she ruined a BROADCAST and an event that was months in the planning she is merely suspended, but Douglas gets fired.  

I guess the differing factor in this is that Douglas threatened violence and used a racial slur.....but ruining a show and going off the handle in a vastly inappropriate manner should be a firing offense....but she came back and made her own exit and is now on CBS doing well.  Douglas might be done with broadcasting for life.  Not even a local market will want to touch him after that.  I wonder if they'll banish him to the same place that Sean Salisbury is at.

effeweall
effeweall

ESPN shows nonstop garbage during the day.  Cowherd is ok.  But he has a speech inpediment and drools alot while speaking.  Mike and Mike?  Greeny is too snively and Golic is like someone who just lurched off a mountain and has the insight of the russian commedian in the 80's who used to scream 600 times "i love this country!!!".  The worst is first take.  SAS is arguable the most horrid journalist in the history of this channel.  He used to be a beat writer in Philly, and that ESPN gave him a platform to cover the whole country shows how commited they are for cartoonish tabloid journalism.  SAS used 13 colloquaialisms when he says one sentence.  If first take really wanted to make ratings they should have SAS just slap Skip around for 1 hour.  I almost puked when I saw Jamelle on the sports reporters a few sundays ago.  She is another garbage reporter.  When I saw her on NNL with Smith and Huge it was always a click away from show.  Then Huge melts down and calls Smith an Uncletom and House------ infront a room full of young journalist.  Way to go ESPN.  Power move hiring Ray Lewis for NFL as well.  Ray will have God pulling for ESPN, just be sure not to send him to any autograph sessions at stores where knives are sold.

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

I read that Douglas was drunk and wanted to get on stage with the DJ and tried to enlist Smith to help him.  Douglas got agitated presumably because Smith would not help him and threatened to kick his butt and called him a house "n" word.  

If that is true then Douglas can be done.  I am tired of some blacks thinking they can be the arbiter of what blackness is supposed to be or not.  Douglas just set back all the black people at his network with that outburst.  And he was "in there", and got himself thrown out by playing himself drunk on public like a fool.  I'm sure Herm Edwards is just sadly shaking his head.  I hate the notion of "Uncle Tom" or "House "n" word" because it implies that if you're black and not acting all ghetto and such you somehow are invalid or can't be trusted.  That notion has held back more people than can be counted.  I'm glad that ignorant people like him suffer the consequence for saying such hurtful things.

alexhagen55
alexhagen55

I was wondering why he wasnt on NNL anymore. It took me until now to find out. I use ESPN as my main finding out things, which is why it took so long. I think FOx Sports 1 will be good. Michael Smith and Max Kellerman are two GREAT tv guys and voices. douglas and Wiley are there to give their professional experiance. But cant wait for fox sports 1. Charissa Thompsan is in it.

jaserino
jaserino

Why am i reading about this on Yahoo, Nfl.com, and SI.com but no mention on espny.com The sports hype machine is always one to point the finger at someone else but when one of it's employees goes on an idiotic racist rant no mention. Just like last year Obama says he would not if he had a son lets him play football ESPN blows it up to lead story on SC, yet when a snowmobiler dies an the ESPN sponsored/owned XGames it takes 14 minutes into Sportscenter to mention it at all! Please Fox Sports rescue us!!!!

6marK6
6marK6

Cue up Kenny Mayne for his tenth comeback. It should last a few days, kind of like his other comebacks.

CorryGreen
CorryGreen

Regardless of your opinions, I challenge most of you to go on live tv and perform effectively. Sports analysts are paid to be OBJECTIVE on OBJECTIVE topics. Opinions are platforms for disagreement. That's the whole point. And why would you want someone who HASN'T played the game to analyze a sport anyways? Who better to pitch in? I find it hard to believe most of you would take a non-athlete seriously. I mean, how many of you actually like Skip Bayless? Smh. If you can do better, get your @ss in front of a camera.

bduffy58
bduffy58

Douglas is two notches above imbecile. Eastern Sports Programming Network finally chose content over his long ago Eagles ties. Nice guys should not be gifted jobs after sports careers end. Commentators must bring more to the show now......and, is it too much to ask that football types (Douglas, Schlereth, Golic, etc) register a pulse when discussing ANYTHING other than Jaworski's insipid repetition of 'the National Football League'? Good riddance, Hugh.....charity golf tour next?

rodp236
rodp236

ESPN was always hard to watch. NFL was a rose compared to those guys..................and that was a sad bunch too.











Shut-up-meg
Shut-up-meg

Just a matter of time before the Rev al Sharpton demands espn rehire this guy or he will have a protest in Bristol over this.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@WayneDarby it doesn't matter at all.  but, douglas was the baby on twitter so espn probably felt they had to address it (instead of ignoring it and days later, addressing it eventually).

i can't wait for the "appropriate time" to hear what the former NFL defensive rookie of the year from almost 20 years ago has to say...  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Skott cmon man - nothing wrong with count chocula on espn.

then again, you'd probably love to have T.O. or some other loud mouth genius on the network.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@WHO*IS*ESPN LOL. I'd cut Berman some slack. Dude was broadcasting at ESPN when they were in a leaking trailer with a single space heater to keep it warm.  BUT I do agree on Mark Schlereth.  In the beginning, he was pretty decent, now he's annoying beyond belief.

thygeson
thygeson

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1 @AnthonyW.Gibbs1Although there exists video of the event it was not meant to be broadcast.  Per ESPN Ombudsman  in February 2008 -"of what was a private event not intended for wider broadcast."  She was removed from the stage for making a drunken rant against Notre Dame football towards Mike Golic and the event went on.  She didn't ruin any show or broadcast.  It was a roast and she was not the only drunk one there.  Apparently Ed Reed was too drunk to read the jokes that had been written for him which prompted one of the comedians to ask if his middle name was "can't."  There is no parallel between Jacobson's behavior at  "roasts, which often become occasions for offensive and crude insults delivered and received under the influence of excessive alcohol" and Douglas being drunk and calling a coworker names at a National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair.

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

....at a Mike and Mike *event*......


Please note the correction.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1~ The one single solitary thing about alcohol is that it's a truth serum. A drunkard's truth is a sober man's secret. 

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1 I would never say those things about another black person, but it doesn't mean I wouldn't think them. In this case though, it sounds like Douglas was using this test to get something petty. The worse thing you can do besides use these words, even if they're true, is use them in a situation that doesn't call for it.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@CorryGreen ~ All that you said is accurate, however, Hugh was neither on set, nor prepping to go on.  

All analysts disagree about something, at some point.  That's not the case here.  ESPN has very strict guidelines on what they consider to be professional standards.  At this particular event Hugh wasn't representing Hugh, he was representing ESPN.  Being drunk, overly intoxicated, tipsy, however you want to categorize his liquor consumption the fact that 1. He got into some type of altercation with a tenured ESPN reporter, and 2. Used a racially insensitive metaphor at him, was grounds for ESPN to let him go.  

And no one except drama filled, over the top blowhards like Skip Bayless.  He's a talking head that has gotten to be where he is playing "the angry white dude in the basement yelling at his tv.."  As an analyst the only thing he offers is the anal part.

TheBigStroonzo
TheBigStroonzo

@CorryGreen Is that anyway to treat your black people brown noser Skippey Brainless?

After that huffing, puffing act with George Jefferson AKA Stephen A., after the Trayvon verdict, I can't stand him or Smith.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@Shut-up-meg Use your screen name on yourself. Its just stupid to suggest that Al Sharpton gets involved in every little contro., but if that's what you need to justify your dislike of people who who dare TALK about race, have at it.

BriereBear
BriereBear

@Shut-up-meg  It's a sports article, Meggie, not a political one.  Let the adults continue the conversation.

STLramscardinals
STLramscardinals

Like you're name says.............shut up,Michael Smith is black too they didn't fire him.smh

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

@thygeson @AnthonyW.Gibbs1 You make good points, and Douglas acting a fool at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair is troublesome, at best.

But I think you're mistaken about the roast.  They were going to air that but Jacobsen was so foul that they buried it instead.  

Fenko1980
Fenko1980

@DODGERFAIL2013 @AnthonyW.Gibbs1 

piece of philly trash? where the f*** are you from? Philadelphia is an amazing city that has a lot of good people, so watch your mouth tough guy....oh I see the LA there...as if your city is some special place with nothing but class.  shut your mouth.

jerry.garza77
jerry.garza77

He is obviously referring to the fact that when there is a racial issue of white on black, Al gets involved, but when it's black on black the dude is nowhere to be found.

usameos6
usameos6

@Ciscos @AnthonyW.Gibbs1 @WHO*IS*ESPN I live in Denver, so I hear Schlereth a lot on local radio as well and it almost seems like he has his normal "Stink" personality and now has an "ESPN" personality.  It seems like the corporate branding folks have gotten their hooks into him.  

As an aside - I had a friend that worked as an intern for ESPN and said that Stuart Scott would have his teleprompter spell things out phonetically so he could sound more street - e.g. "H-O-L-L-A" instead of "holler".  

Ciscos
Ciscos

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1 @Ciscos @WHO*IS*ESPN ~ Ant, Schlereth WAS cool, now he's become the Carnac of all things NFL.  I'm not questioning his knowledge with regard to linemen, but when a lineman, either offensively or defensively, starts trying to explain how a WR is supposed to run a dig route, I'm done.  

A better way to put it is he's become a inflated windbag, as bad as Dan Dierdorf was on MNF.

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

@thygeson @AnthonyW.Gibbs1 A different writer not from ESPN stated it was to be broadcast but it got scrubbed.  Whatever.

Her comments were vastly inappropriate even if Golic and the Catholics felt okay about it (I'm Catholic and I have a love/hate relationship relationship with Touchdown Jesus being a rabid Michigan fan) her comments and drunken demeanor could have got her fired and they didn't.   Frankly, being drunk as a skunk at a company event alone should be enough....let alone being so drunk you make a fool of yourself.  If drinks are served at a company event and you're a person with a tendency to binge then you should stick to Shirley Temples. 

And Douglas was horrid in his behavior.  As a black person I'm especially appalled that he clowned out at a black reporters event.  

But hey, I coneed to you.  I guess you love Dana Jacobsen too.

thygeson
thygeson

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1@thygesonIt was not going to be aired.  ESPN's own writer says that it was not for wider broadcast. 

 http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=schreiber_leanne&id=3240230

Repeatedly stating that it was does not change that fact.  Additionally, Jacobson's contributions were minimal at best and could easily have been edited out.  She reportedly said 1)  eff Notre Dame, 2) eff touchdown Jesus and 3) eff Jesus.  The best part of her performance though is chugging from a bottle of Belvedere Vodka.  There are pictures on the interwebs.  A few minutes of drunken foolishness at a roast does not ruin an event so that it can't be broadcast.  Douglas' actions that got him in trouble were not so much him being drunk as was the content of what he said to a coworker.  Although Jacobson's comments on the surface seem to have a religious tinge about them they were not taken that way.  Notre Dame, Mike Golic and the Catholic League all viewed them as poorly chosen words by a drunk person to slam Golic's Alma Mater at a roast with the Catholic League saying there is "no evidence that what we are dealing with is a bigot -- lots of people who have made bigoted comments are not inveterate bigots. No, what we are dealing with is a person who went off the rails while drunk at a raucous event." 

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1 @thygeson yeah, i doubt it.  decide not to air an entire event due to one person's idiotic tirade?  please.  the majority of the show had to be a disaster.

glad you realized that the reason why the douglas issue is a big deal is due to the threat of violence, etc., which is clearly a bigger deal than some drunken moron making fun of ND to mike golic.

jerry.garza77
jerry.garza77

First of all no one said they are listening to Bill O'Reilly! Last i checked this is a sports blog. If you want to pretend that the media doesnt sensationalize white on black crime and ignores black on black or black on white crime then save some Kool-Aid for the rest of us. Uncle Al has said nothing about the black on black crime in Chicago, he has said nothing about the black kids that beat the crap out of the white kid on the school bus. The problem is that Al and others would be out of business if they made it look like there was any progress in race relations. As a Mexican American I have seen racism at its worst, but you cannot compare racism from 400, 100, or even 40 years ago to 2013. I applaud ESPN for firing this clown. There is no room for racism or name calling whether its white on black or black on black, and that's the point that needs to be made. And please don't lecture me or anyone else on what we should perceive as relevant in today's conversation about race.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@jerry.garza77 And I'm obvioulsy referring to the fact that this is a bad exmaple to give. There is a reason a white on black racial incident has much more impact than black on black. If you want to pretend there is no difference then you're also saying 400 plus years of racial prejudice and discrimination is not relevant in today's conversation about race. I disagree.And BTW, Sharpton has plenty to say about issues regarding the black community, including black on black crime. Why not visit his website instead of listening ONLY to Bill O'Reilly.