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Hugh Douglas May Have Used Racial Slur Directed at His ESPN Coworker

Aug 6, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

Just a week after Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper found himself at the center of a media firestorm for using the N word, another former Eagle is now in hot water for using offensive language directed at one of his coworkers. This time it was ESPN personality and former defensive end Hugh Douglas who is the alleged user of a racial slur.

We first posted yesterday about Douglas having a less-than-friendly interaction with his ESPN coworker over the weekend. Now, even more details have emerged and they paint a picture of a drunk Douglas using racial slurs against a fellow African American.

From The Big Lead:

Hugh Douglas was inebriated and threatened to beat up his colleague Michael Smith three times Friday night, a source who witnessed the altercation at the House of Blues in Orlando tells 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.

source: APThe Big Lead says they confirmed the story with multiple sources and Deadspin also heard similar things independently.

We’ve all heard the stories about Douglas having a temper back in the day and some have even seen the ESPN analyst lash out at people on Twitter for calling him the made up nickname “Turbo Bird.”

Douglas sent the following tweet last week in regards to Cooper’s incident:

And now we know a little something more about Hugh Douglas it would seem.

  1. igantz - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Its quite clear he needs sensitivity counseling right away.

    • willh888 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    • Dan A. - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Oh shut the up. The situations are clearly different and the vitriol and venom that charges the words is wayyyy different and worse when it is said by cooper and in the way cooper said it as compared to douglas. It just is, and eventhough douglas is an idiot and completely hypocritical for saying what he said, im sick of people acting like these two different situations are equally damaging and offensive. Theyre not.

      • joe nardone - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        your correct. douglas’ actions were far worse. i could not agree more.

      • twpguy1964 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        You have no idea what your talking about! You have no measure of what the term “Uncle Tom” or “House Ni**er” means in the hood, that’s obvious. Bottom line is, they both said stupid sh*t out of anger and they ARE equal! A black man calling another an Uncle tom is racist on more than one level while Cooper might be on one level!!!!

      • Joe - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        As long as people really believe it is okay for one culture to be racist while making another race feel like heinous murderers for a “word” there will always be racism….

      • mkf13lucky - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        ok genious so you say idiot

    • OraWMurillo - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      my buddy’s step-sister makes $72 an hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 8 months but last month her payment was $12918 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more,,,,www.Rush60.ℂℴm

    • KathleenBSmith - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      my buddy’s step-sister makes $72 an hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 8 months but last month her payment was $12918 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more,,,,www.Rush60.ℂℴm

      • Hooter - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I banged your buddy’s step-sister

      • Charlie D - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        “I banged your buddy’s step-sister” for $72 per hour. Now we know how she makes that money!

  2. twpguy1964 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Hmm, No coverage for hours on end over this? Guess blacks simply cant be racists, only whites

    • joe nardone - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I look foward to Mayor Nutters comments on this.

    • Joe - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      You understand now

  3. Matt S. - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Anyone know Marcus Vick’s reaction to this?

  4. yishmeister - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    How does anyone think Hugh Douglas is smart enough, professional enough or even relevant enough to be on TV?

  5. yishmeister - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    It’s also obvious Hugh was channeling his inner Django in that situation.

  6. BooBerry - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Its bad enough when blacks use the N word against each other but what should actually be More offensive to a black person is being called a ‘Tom’.. What did Michael Smith do to deserve it? Because he is educated and articulate and appears very cultured and decent.. Because Smith doesn’t seem the type to use ebonics, smoke pot or do other drugs or engage in any thuggish so-called ‘keepin it real’ behavior?? So a hard working successful black man has to be denegrated and humiliated because he doesn’t fit Douglas’ stereotype of what a true black person should be like… Go to hell Hugh Douglas.. Go to Hell! Hope he’s Fired!

    • BenE. - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      EXCELLENT post

    • cange30 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Agree with you 100%…

    • JB - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      you fucking idiot. he didnt call him a tom because he is educated and doesnt smoke weed. your a tom when you distance your self from the black experience in America. Given that blacks are not the dominant culture in this country and it is bolstered throughout history ( jenna 6, travon Martin, alice wilcox, ect.) black people feel a need to connect with other blacks in any situation, especially about rasicm. the Black Panther Party was all about education along with other national or local activist. If you try your hardest to distance yourself from the truth about rasicm, YOUR A FUCKING UCLE TOM. AND A BLIND ONE AT THAT. AND IF YOU THINK BLACK PEOPLE CALL OTHER BLACK PEOPLE UNCLE TOM BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY TALK OR BECAUSE THEY WENT COLLEGE AND OBTAINED A GOOD JOB, YOU ARE FUCKING STUPID.

  7. Chuck - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    We will not here about this cause its black on black crime

    • broadsthooligans - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      We will not hear about this because Hugh Douglas is not an active player and ESPN has nothing to gain by constant negative coverage of one of their own newer shows.

  8. Tim - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I actually heard on the radio that some people think that Riley Cooper’s offense was worse than Stallworth drunk driving killing. Total assh*)&s.

  9. Joe - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Oh my goodness….

  10. Barry O. - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    If I had a son, he’d look like Hugh Douglas.

  11. Hooter - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Is there any doubt that the “keepin it real” ghetto blacks are the ones holding their race back? Imagine the I.Q level of someone that looks down on their “brothers” if they are intelligent, speak well, rap sheet free, don’t have multiple baby mamas, don’t wear their pants below their ass, and don’t call everyone “ni**ger”.

    • bobo - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM


  12. Phil Milam - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Sticks & Stones…

  13. Jack - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    And the great part is how ESPN uses second-hand information to fire someone who was off-the-clock and was not arrested or anything else. That’s bull.

  14. perryw - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    it is what it is, we all say stupid shit when were fucked up.. deal with it,.. move the fuck on

  15. Sloo Stacks - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Bad pub for ESPN. They needed to kill this one quickly. Of the 2 Mike was the better choice to keep of the 2.

    If ESPN had done nothing the chemistry between the 2 would have ruined the show. Not that the show was that good anyway.


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