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Hugh Douglas No Longer Employed By ESPN Following Racially Charged Incident with Coworker

Aug 13, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

source: APAfter multiple reports surfaced last week about ESPN TV analyst and former Philadelphia Eagle Hugh Douglas used racial slurs directed at his coworker, Sports Illustrated reported today that Douglas has been let go from his position.

“He no longer works for us effective today,” an ESPN spokeman told SI’s Richard Deitsch.

There was no further clarification from the spokesman on the situation or comment on the original incident reported by both Deadspin and The Big Lead.

Douglas did however comment about leaving ESPN on his Twitter this afternoon:

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, ESPN part ways [SI]

  1. Scott - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Wow, just pissed away that easy 6 figure job.

    • walama - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Hugh Douglas is more racist then most white people.I couldn’t stand watching him on espn.

      • Mike O'D - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        I don’t know about Racist, but I couldn’t Stand to watch him either..When he was down in JAX for his short and Unproductive stint down here, he was a terrible spokesperson for the Jags with the NFL Network(Then he proceeded to get cut and talk Smack about Jag fans and the City when Philly felt sorry for him and took him back..Racist? Not sure..Poser? Fo Sho!:)..

      • chris - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        What do you mean, “most white people” POS Yeah, we all belong to the Ku Klux Klan. Talk about racist.

      • Mostel - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        I haven’t hung out with many athletes, but I have hung with Hugh on several occasions…not a racist.

    • dennye - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      been telling people for years what a creep this guy is..always talking about his fine looking woman..he got what he deserves

    • Bob Trout - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:18 AM come we have not heard from Mayor Nutter. He had nothing good to say about Riley Cooper. Oh, thats right, Hugh is black. They automaticly get leeway.

      • Marcus - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Leeway? He lost his job!

  2. willh888 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

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

    well man, talkin’ got you fired so why stop now

    • Mostel - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      He actually was going to announce that Mr. Smith will now be starring as Tom in the new live action Tom and Jerry show.

  3. jay - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    What was the slur? Black men use racial slurs? If he was white it would all be out all over the media. Some things just are not right…………………………

    • nive - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I agree with you there’s a double standard, but ESPN is the (sports) media. They can bury their own controversies if they want

    • Neuking25 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Man, life is so unfair for white people today. It’s almost like they had been enslaved for 400 years or something.

      • Keith - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Jeez, stop living in the past. I don’t know of any black people living today that were slaves…..Do you?

      • willh888 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        If by 400 years you mean 300 of them by their own tribal leaders in Africa, then yes

      • noname - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        I never owned any slaves nor did my ancestors.
        In 1830, there were 3775 slaveholders who were of black ancestry. Could it be possible that your ancestors owned slaves ? ,,Then again, there were 12760 slaves owned by these slaveholders of black ancestry. Could it be possible that your ancestors had black owners ?

      • Peterrock - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        I am so sick of this SLAVE CRAP. Turn the GOD DAMM PAGE PLEASE.

    • Herman Munster - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Yeah, but you as a non-African American don’t even see your egregious oversight in this particular instance. Let me point this out to you . . . Hugh Douglas uses a racial slur; not caught on camera; and he is fired! Mr. Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles), who happens to be Caucasian, uses a racial slur; it is even caught on camera; and he keeps his job.

      Do you not see the irony and possible double standard, an unfairness here? Hell Ray Charles could see that! Do you get it?

      So, in response to you, my most intelligent friend, “some things just are not right . . .” Does this broaden your scope of understanding and enhance your ability to see things from a slightly broader perspective? I hope so.

      • Grumpy - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Its not a double standard.

        ESPN seems to actually have work place standards on conduct whereas the Eagles do not.

        Empty headed has-beens willing to take an analyst gig with ESPN are a dime a dozen whereas its tough to find active wide receivers who can’t catch the ball. This is the same franchise that kept on paying ‘First Down’ Freddie to not catch balls….

      • imdyinhere - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        That being said… and I am not saying I disagree with you… but if the Eagles were to fire Mr. Cooper for the things he said, he would be picked up instantly by another team. They didn’t fire him because that could come back and hurt the Eagles. What they should do was suspend him for one season and make him go to sensitivity training courses. This of course would have to be administered by the NFL and of course the NFLPA would never allow that to happen.

        Mr. Douglas on the other hand is NOT protected by the NFLPA and therefore ESPN fired him. Hes not going to screw up there broadcasting or ratings, so they can just let him go.

        If Hugh was still a player and said these things, he would not have been fired from his team. Its not a black white thing, its the business they are in. The difference being the players union.


      • Nive - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Well Hugh also threatened violence on his co-worker in front of their addition to the N-bombs and racially insensitive sentiment

      • Ray Jay - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        Herman, what a ridiculous comparison. The two incidents aren’t comparable because one’s a sports network television show and the other is a sports franchise. There are ALWAYS more PC rules for TV shows, you moron.

      • Williewonka - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Paranoia will destroy ya’ – When will black America accept judgment by content of character and not think it is because of color? The dream has come to pass…..stop enslaving yourself. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the new masters and racism is their cotton field. Keep on pickin’ and singin’ Herman because you’re making them rich!

      • Jason - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        The fact that you go straight to race as the reason one was fired and not the other just shows your ignorance and own prejudice.
        First Hugh’s slur and aggression was directed at a coworker
        Second everyone knows professional athletes get away with things normal workers cannot. Fact is the athletes are harder to replace than most people in regular jobs.

      • mike - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Douglas’ comments were at his workplace, Cooper’s were not, that is the difference.

    • Jeffrey - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      In a druken stupor Hugh Douglas tried to get on the stage at an event co-host Michael Smith in tryin’ to keep Douglas from even more embarassment intervened which led Douglas to refer to Smith as a “Uncle Tom” and a “House Nigger” then Douglas threatened Smith physically which led to another ESPN employee with more rank than Smith to escort Hugh Douglas out and pretty much on his way.

    • Herman Munster - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      After gathering more of the facts regarding the Hugh Douglas firing, I would now have to say it was warranted . . .
      Whether he was black, white, yellow, green or blue, it appears that he demonstrated extremely unprofessional behavior; against a fellow African American at that, in the workplace, or workplace sponsored event!

      Having worked in corporate America for over 25 years, Mr. Douglas’ behavior would have been unacceptable in any work environment.

      And I too am African American/Black; a brotha, etc. (LOL)

    • charlie d - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      10% of all Northern males (18 – 35 years old) died in the Civil War….to end slavery. And do we hear any white people complaining about that? I don’t.

  4. Mike - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Gimme Hugh and Rob Ellis in the afternoons and retire Cuz and the old guy who now mysteriously has a cuz-like accent at times.

    • Randy - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      No…no…no!!! Hugh shouldn’t even be on the radio!! He his terrible. Of course, his cohort(Rob Charry) is even worse!!!!!

    • dot - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      yes i am tired of Glenn and Cuz

  5. Nive - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    “S/O to Riley Cooper.. For keepin it 100.. At least now we know!” -Hugh Douglas

  6. William - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I think he referred to someone as the “N” word.

    • Steve - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      One report said he had been drinking and was intoxicated.Report said he called someone he worked with an Uncle Tom and a house ++++ .

  7. Bob - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Nope, I do not see the “irony or unfairness here”. However, I DO SEE the “double standard”. What if we had a WET Channel, all white colleges, scholarships for whites only or scholarships for only white participants of the PSAT Exam???….Because, after all, we do have the BET Channel, black colleges, black ONLY scholarships and the black PSAT Fund! There will always be racism until every race is treated equal and with equal opportunity and stop the double standards.

    • Boob - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Are people still making this argument? Ok, I’ll bite. First, WET already exists. It’s called MTV. And trust me, BET is as representative of black people as MTV is of white people; which is to say, not at all. And if you’re going to speak on black colleges, black scholarships, and other “black” things, please also look into why they came to be in the first place. Why were they ever deemed necessary? Hmm?

      • Jason - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Not sure if this is the point bob was trying to make but there would be outrage if there was a channel called WET. Nothing against black representation on TV but BET is blatantly geared toward blacks. If whites had anything so blatantly geared toward whites it would be protested to no end by the likes of sharpton and jackson.

    • Michael - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Please spare me the “its a double standard” b.s. in which white folks love to invoke. Your point that you were trying to make “Bob” is totally without merit. How many African-American shows can you currently name on any major television network ? We like to see African-American images represented on t.v. hence the need for A BET. I can go on and on, but I digress. You only see situations from your narrow minded point of view. Racism will stop when white people start seeing the world in a broader perspective and stop being ok with white privilege that you have been accorded in this country.

      • Red Dwarf - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        “Racism will stop when white people…” Badabing. Racist statement right there. Quit trying being a victim and racism will end. So there’s a BET. BFD. Have you even watched it??? That is the fount of racism.

    • Marcus - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      The WET channel is MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX. White Colleges? All the other colleges. And just in case you didnt know…BET is owned by a White person.

      • Jay D - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        relax….fox has the Cleveland show

      • charlie d - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Boy are some people stupid….BET is NOT “owned by a White person.” BET is owned by Viacom and prior to that BET was a publicly traded company….prior to that it was Black owned, way back when it was founded. The black founder took the company public as soon as he could, to cash in!

  8. Trip0420 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Let’s just face facts here people,everywhere Hugh has been he has shown signs of racism and he has never been called on but hey it finally caught up to him and we didn’t even have to help. I think the perfect saying is “loose lips sink ships ” ………….. Also in my opinion Hugh really was not that good of a football player

  9. Trip0420 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Also BET is owned by a white guy let’s not forget that people

    • charlie d - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Boy are some people stupid….BET is NOT “owned by a White guy.” BET is owned by Viacom and prior to that BET was a publicly traded company….prior to that it was Black owned, way back when it was founded. The black founder took the company public as soon as he could, to cash in!

  10. Biff - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    You can hear a racial slur used almost everyday on ESPN: Redskin. It is the equivalent of the n-word. You might recall that African American analyst, Rob Parker, got fired by ESPN earlier this year for questioning Washington QB RGIII’s “blackness.” Yet, the network never once brought up that RGIII plays on a team with a racist name (and a team that has a storied history of racism – the last team in the old NFL to integrate). While some major daily newspapers and websites have adopted editorial policies where they won’t print the team name, ESPN has an arguable cafeteria approach to racial sensitivity.

    • Ray Jay - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Biff, judging from your comment, your username is very fitting. You sound like a Biff.

    • willh888 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      If you think in only black and white terms (fitting pun) then yes, redskin is just like the n word. But intelligent people that have two working eyes and ears currently living on planet earth realize those two words have different connotations. It’s the way culture treats certain words.. we pick and choose. Cracker is an insult based on race, but I don’t know a damn person who would bat an eye at the use of the word. All I’m really saying is.. not all words that describe race are exactly the same. Some people even think the Indians’ name is insensitive. It’s a bit overboard really. Just wait until big people hear about one of the football teams in New York

  11. 2sentz - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    HEY HEY, it’s “physically maximized”, pal.

  12. Rick - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Good, what a piece of crap Douglas is. I wonder if anyone captured Douglas’s antics on a cell phone video so ESPN can spend the next two months talking about it.

    • hitnrun - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Oh no no no. The worldwide leader will be happy to talk about other people’s controversies and rephrase the conversation into 10 different formats and angles over the course of 2 hours on a single channel.

      But Douglas was working for ESPN. ESPN doesn’t talk about EPSN.

      • hitnrun - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Uh, yeah, I just pasted a URL to the book, not a gigantic preview image. Sorry about that, Enrico.

  13. David - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Why do we still use the term “African American”? Most American blacks have no ties to Africa within the last 200 years. They are Americans just like you and I. African American to me is like the asterisk on Roger Maris’s home run record. Like saying “Hey, you’re almost an American” but not quite. I think it’s time to get rid of that classification.

    • Marcus - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      I agree, We dont call white people Euro-American

  14. Andrew - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    As a white guy I don’t give a crap about the perceived racial unfairness I face today. When Yale is no longer disproportionately white, when my network repeatedly fails me employment opportunity thanks to affirmative action, when I watch the news and see no white faces, when my boss and his boss are both non-white, when high-ranking elected officials are no longer disproportionately white… THEN I’ll worry about Al Sharpton. Until any one of these things happens I’m FAR more concerned with the powers that be effing up my retirement funds. So many of you guys are calling out the media, but continue to fall for their race-baiting at the same time.

  15. Chris - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    So…the N-word is off limits
    Negro was used by our great-grandparents, but has been outlawed
    Colored is “off color”
    Black even ruffles some feathers
    African American has been popular for a few years, but now is offensive to some because they say they don’t have any ties to Africa.
    So, tell me….what should we say?
    “African resembling American with skin pigmentation somewhere between bronze and a little darker than Caucasian”?

    • Jay D - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      we shouldnt need to call them anything…they are americans.

    • charlie d - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      They call each other the n-word, so why don’t we all call them the n-word? I’m not serious. We are humans and don’t need to be called anything related to our skin color….black, white, yellow or red. Maybe we should call each other dumb-ass, that way we’d be correct more than 50% of the time :)

  16. Susquehanna80 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Good… Good.. Good!!! Hugh Douglas, what you are rhymes with a ‘trucker’.. As offensive as the N word is, its even Worse for one black to call another a ‘Tom’.. It says that person is not a true black because he/she speaks, dresses, walks, acts or has thoughts different from a ‘typical’ black… All blacks who call other black people that are total Scum

  17. Randy - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I hope Hugh gets removed from WIP next!!! I wonder how he got that job???? He is awful!!!!

  18. Bump - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    As a young black man I wasn’t offend with Riley Cooper remarks that’s how he felt at the time is he racist idk sure sound like it wasn’t the first time that rolled off his tongue. For Hugh I don’t think calling another black man a Uncle Tom makes him racist that’s how he felt at the time….People kill me with this double standard bullshit how many death threats Obama receive and certainly got nothing to do with he politics.

  19. prairieviewam - Sep 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Now living in Mississippi, I have come to realize that the Northeast and Midwest are the most racist areas in the USA. What is worse is that these populations think otherwise. Calm down and explain why so many programs exist that benefit so much of a greater percentage of the population than that groups actual percentage of the USA population. Why is the current President not called on repeated ineptness, incompetence, ignorance, lack of experience, lack of responsibility, etc.. Latent Guilt is the answer for those two racist areas that push such programs through their states and foist it on the entire country by controlling the US Congress. One is much better off to be in a place where the racists are known by all than where the racists are “subtle”, as in the most racist areas of the country. Having lived for a year of longer in ten different states in all major geographical areas of this country and traveling extensively I can honestly state that Mississippi is currently the least racist state in the USA but far too many people believe otherwise due to past history. Which is just that, in the PAST not the present.


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