ESPN fires Hugh Douglas after altercation with Michael Smith

Apr 15, 2013; Bristol, CT, USA; Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins speak with ESPN

Remember that altercation a week ago where ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas shouted racial slurs at Numbers Never Lie host Michael Smith? That story kind of dropped of the face of the earth, until today.

ESPN is finally dropping the hammer and parting ways with Hugh Douglas.

“He no longer works for us effective today,” said an ESPN spokesperson according to SI’s Richard Deitsch.

This is two days after ESPN spokesperson Rob Tobias said made this statement: “We are continuing to look into it and we expect a resolution this week.”

We didn’t have to wait too long into the week for a resolution to be reached.


For those unaware, this is what happened per The Big Lead:

According to the source, Douglas, who appears on Numbers Never Lie on ESPN with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, was trying to get on stage where the DJ was playing, and threatened to beat up Smith if he couldn’t help out. After the third threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up.

Three independent sources have verified this version of events.

Topics: ESPN, Hugh Douglas, Michael Smith

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