Hugh Douglas – ESPN (2013)
Following a very successful NFL career, during which he racked up 80 sacks and made three Pro Bowls as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Hugh Douglas had a pretty quick rise through the sports media world. After local stops in Philadelphia radio and BBC America, Douglas was hired by ESPN in 2011, and appeared on a number of programs, including SportsCenter and First Take before becoming an analyst on ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie.
Less than a year later, Douglas was fired from the network after reportedly accosting his ‘NNL’ costar Michael Smith at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Orlando in August of 2013. From Yahoo! Sports:
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—–.”
Douglas released a statement on Twitter after the news broke.
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
Douglas now co-hosts the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.