Hugh Douglas Out at ESPN After Allegedly Using Racial Slurs Against Co-Host
Hugh Douglas has left ESPN on the heels of reports that he used racial slurs during a heated argument with on-air colleague Michael Smith.
The duo, co-hosts of the network's afternoon show Numbers Never Lie alongside Jemele Hill, were in Orlando on Friday to attend the National Association of Black Journalists convention.
At a party at the House of Blues, the two got into a heated argument, according to the blog Big Lead Sports, and had to be separated. Douglas was allegedly inebriated and tried to jump on the microphone, with Smith trying to stop him. Douglas then reportedly threatened to beat up Smith and called him an "Uncle Tom" and a "house n----r."
An ESPN rep later said that the network was "aware" of the "disagreement" and was "looking into the situation."
On Tuesday, Douglas tweeted that he is exiting ESPN.
"I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time," he wrote.
An ESPN spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Douglas is no longer employed by the network.
Douglas is a former NFL player, having played for the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 1995, the Associated Press named him defensive rookie of the year.
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