ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation

Yahoo! TV, August 13, 2013

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.


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!”


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  • bigone4u

    Funny how that n-word keeps popping out of everyone’s mouth when they’re drunk. Some say that the truth comes out when folks have had too much to drink. I guess we need to stay sober at the next office party unless we want to get fired too.

    • skara_brae

      In vino veritas

  • sbuffalonative


    It’s my long standing hope that blacks will be victims of their own standards. When enough blacks are held accountable, they will be the ones arguing that we shouldn’t be so hasty to condemn people for a slip of the tongue.

    • Jack Burton

      Right, because we all know that blacks learn from their mistakes, are objective and rational people, want fairness and not special benefits and privileges.

  • David Ashton

    Another Gentleman of Color in the Proverbial Woodpile?

  • rob

    When I am in public, in San Francisco,when I am near a group of young blacks, sometimes when the talk, every fourth word that comes out of them is the N word. I am sure that this is not confined to San Francisco(Peejay in Frisco)

    • bigone4u

      I’ll bet every other word is the f word. The f word and the n word is about the extent of their vocabulary.

      • MBlanc46

        Add M to the F.

      • dd121

        I love it when little black kids say “mother”. We should be proud that they’ve said half a word.

  • Spartacus

    Why don’t I care about this story ?

  • Dave4088

    So ESPN is actually meting out harsh punishment (termination) to blacks who use the N word? Did hell freeze over? Am I dreaming?

    • bigone4u

      I view the situation as two blacks getting into some garbage with each and ESPN having to take a side. I suspect if there had not been an altercation that ESPN would fire a black guy. Unless the altercation involved a black and a white and then the white would have been fired.

      • Dave4088

        You’re probably right. And if Hugh Douglas had referred to a white colleague as a stupid cracker it wouldn’t be news to the MSM and he would still have a job.

    • Skip Wellington

      I too am simply shocked.
      MLK Jr. died so that black people could use the N-word.
      Oh my stars!

  • Ngati Pakeha

    The best thing I have heard about ESPN. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander! Good luck in finding another overpaid job Bozo.

  • IKantunderstand

    I’m sorry, the only conclusion that can be deduced from these incidents is:Booze be racist. Without a doubt, booze must be removed, along with guns, cars, knives, bats, and of course, everybody’s knuckles. Lest we forget, all tongues should be removed. That way, no offensive racist word can ever come out. Well, really, people can still kick, so remove all feet, well, to really be safe, let’s remove all legs as well. That’s right, let us make this a Liberal utopia. And just in case. somebody can type racist remarks with a pointer in their mouth, all lips should be removed. I mean, after all, wasn’t that rodeo clown in MO in trouble for allowing his rubber mask lips to be “bobbled”. Well, I tell you what, once people have no lips, we won’t have to worry about that bit of bigotry anymore. That’s right, it will only be fair if we are all limbless, lipless, and of course, brainless.Yup, the Liberal ideal of Utopia. I mean, you could be gay! You could be Black! You could be Asian! You could be stupid! It doesn’t matter. We are now all the same. And, if you are too smart, or too good looking, well, hell, we can take care of that, too. Oh, and by the way, is everybody on this website, so old, so decrepit, that we would be lucky to lob a live grenade only six feet in front of our walkers? If not, well, think about it. Think about what you would do to defend your country. I of course, am thinking about trying to vote in another worthless rep. Honest.

    • I mean, after all, wasn’t that rodeo clown in MO in trouble for allowing his rubber mask lips to be “bobbled”.

      I’m here at the state fair. I have never been a personal witness to such a disconnect between how big a deal something is outside the realm of its influence and how unimportant it is inside the realm.

      • IKantunderstand

        QD, welcome to the new and completely unimproved, so -called: America. We iz a cuntry of immagrants. We alwayze ben dat.Uh huh. Az long az yu liv here, wel, shoot, yu be smart an Americun. Nah, dunno nothin bout no costution. Nah, jus vote de “d”.

  • dd121

    Hell, I’d give him a promotion for his honesty.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Tuesday’s news of Douglas’ termination followed Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper being caught in another racial incident.

    This tactic always irritates me. The media see trends only when they want to. A report on a black uttering The Ultimate Forbidden Word must include the mention of a white person uttering The Ultimate Forbidden Word.

    But true trends—black savages committing vicious violent acts against white people, for instance, or blacks faking “hate crimes”—and the media do everything they can to pretend the trend doesn’t exist.