C’mon now…we’re SUPPOSED to be BROTHAS!
Always looking for new programming ideas, ESPN has come up with another — battling co-hosts.
Hugh Douglas, a first-round pick of the Jets in 1995, apparently had too much to drink last Friday night when he accosted his “Numbers Don’t Lie” co-host Michael Smith and vowed to beat him to a pulp during a party thrown by the National Association of Black Journalists at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla.
The Big Lead website reported Douglas called Smith an “Uncle Tom” and a “House n—–.” Douglas, a 6-2, 280-pounder who spent 10 seasons in the NFL, was apparently trying to get on stage to join the DJ. He became incensed when Smith was hesitant to assist him. That’s when Douglas threatened to punch Smith out. Smith attempted to walk away, but Douglas grabbed him by the wrist before party-goers intervened to break things up. An ESPN spokesman said network suits were aware of the altercation and “were looking into the situation.” Still, it remains to be seen if Douglas and Smith will be able to work together.
On the air, Douglas has shown a propensity for shooting his mouth off. His verbal stylings have not changed much from his playing days. Douglas’ efforts seem to have impressed his bosses who have provided him with good assignments. Now, industry sources say Douglas’ ESPN gig could be in serious jeopardy. Deadspin reported seeds of the confrontation may have been planted a day earlier when Smith and Jemele Hill, another ESPN personality, spoke at an NABJ event. Douglas, who appeared to be drunk, wanted to take over the microphone, but Hill wouldn’t let him. Smith and Hill are longtime friends.
Douglas already has a high-profile incident under his belt. In 2005, while serving as a goodwill ambassador with the Eagles, got into a locker-room scuffle with Terrell Owens.
How is Hugh gonna start some bullisht in the middle of a conference promoting the unity between the black journalists in America?!? SMMFH
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