- American Football
- Arts & Entertainment
By The Sports Xchange August 13, 2013 9:10 PM
Hugh Douglas was fired by ESPN on Tuesday, more than a week after he got into a spat with his "Numbers Never Lie" co-host, Michael Smith. "I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time," Douglas wrote on Twitter. An ESPN spokesman confirmed that Douglas is no longer employed by the network. Multiple media outlets reported that Douglas and Smith were involved in an incident Aug. 2 in Orlando at a nightclub event thrown in conjunction with the National Association of Black Journalists. The New York Daily News reported that Douglas' ouster from ESPN was for his allegedly drunken behavior. According to the Big Lead website, Douglas called Smith an "Uncle Tom" and a "house n-----." Douglas, 41, was with ESPN for two years. He played in the NFL with the New York Jets (1995-97), the Philadelphia Eagles (1998-2002, 2004) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003), and he appeared in the Pro Bowl three times.