Hugh Douglas fired by ESPN after shouting racial slurs at colleague, per report

Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas. (Dan Loh/AP file photo) Sports

Richard Deitch of Sports Illustrated is reporting that former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas is no longer an employee of ESPN:

"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."

The 'confrontation' in question was a previous incident in which Douglas, intoxicated at an Orlando club with several co-workers, threatened three different times to beat up his co-host of "Numbers Never Lie," Michael Smith.

Douglas had apparently tried to climb onto the stage where a DJ was performing, then began shouting at Smith, also an African American, when he did not join him. Racial slurs followed, including "Uncle Tom" and "House [N-word]."

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