ESPN Boots Hugh Douglas After Altercation With Michael Smith

ESPN Boots Hugh Douglas After Altercation With Michael SmithMichael Smith and former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas acted as adversaries on the ESPN show Numbers Never Lie, but after their on-screen relationship led to a public altercation, the network reportedly made the decision to part ways with Douglas.

‘Very disappointed’

Douglas subsequently expressed his thoughts about the situation on Twitter:

“I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time”

This move stems from an incident that reportedly occurred a couple weeks ago. According to Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, Douglas instigated a situation with his co-host Smith at an Orlando party on Aug. 2.

‘Racial slurs’

An inebriated Douglas allegedly threatened to attack Smith on three occasions when Smith refused to help him get on the DJ stage at the Orlando House of Blues. The incident didn’t stop there, as Douglas reportedly threw racial slurs toward Smith, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-,” per McIntyre’s report.

An ESPN representative who witnessed the incident reportedly spoke with Douglas, which prompted Douglas to leave the establishment.

Douglas had been held off Numbers Never Lie since the alleged altercation. According to Deitsch, an ESPN spokesperson made the move official through a brief statement: “He no longer works for us effective today.”

Was letting Hugh Douglas go a wise move for ESPN? Who do you think will replace him?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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ESPN Hosts Hugh Douglas And Michael Smith Involved In Ugly Fight

ESPN Hosts Hugh Douglas And Michael Smith Involved In Ugly FightIt seems Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith, two of the co-hosts for ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie program, took the network’s push to “embrace debate” a little too literally this Friday while in Orlando for the National Association of Black Journalists convention.

‘Very ugly’

Sources privy to the situation told The Big Lead that Douglas and Smith were involved in a heated argument at a Sports Task Force party in Orlando’s House of Blues. The altercation became so intense that parties had to intervene and break the two men up.

It’s unclear whether any punches were thrown or whether the situation got physical in any nature. However, it’s clear that tensions boiled over. It got to the point where one source questioned whether Douglas would be able to return to the set. Someone who saw a majority of the action described the scene as “very ugly.”

‘Poor ratings’

It’s unclear whether there had been tensions in the past between the two. Douglas tweeted a picture of himself, Smith and Hill all sitting at a panel Friday for the NABJ, which hosts a yearly convention aimed at inspiring black journalists and celebrating their accomplishments. The convention ran through Sunday.

Numbers Never Lie debuted in September of 2011. Smith has been the show’s only mainstay, as it has been shuffled multiple times due to poor ratings and departures.

Do you think this ugly fight between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith will be resolved soon? Feel free to share your input with us!

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

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