Hugh Douglas spent ten seasons as an NFL defensive end. In his post-playing days, he continues to mix it up with people.
Douglas may be best remembered by some fans for his role in Terrell Owens‘ meltdown in Philadelphia: Douglas was hired by the Eagles in 2005 to be a goodwill ambassador, but Douglas (who liked to say his title was not ambassador but “badassador“) got into a fight with Owens in the team’s locker room. Now Douglas is employed by ESPN, and the 6-foot-2, 281-pound Douglas recently clashed with a co-worker who’s a lot smaller than Owens: Michael Smith, his co-host on the ESPN show Numbers Never Lie. Although all the details aren’t known, ESPN has confirmed that something transpired.
“We are aware there was a disagreement between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith on Friday. We are looking into the situation,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told us in an email.
PFT has confirmed that Douglas will not be on Numbers Never Lie on Monday, but whether Douglas and Smith will be able to work together — or whether Douglas can keep working at ESPN at all — has not been determined.
Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com reported that Douglas and Smith were involved in a heated verbal altercation on Friday in Orlando, where they were both attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention. According to the report, the two had to be separated.
Obviously, that’s not the way ESPN wants its employees conducting themselves. Unless Douglas is going to have his title changed from analyst to badassador.