Hugh Douglas opens up about his ESPN firing

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We haven’t heard much from former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas since he was fired by ESPN, amid allegations he threatened to beat up a co-worker, using racial slurs along the way.

But Douglas has broken his silence, telling former NFL tight end Luther Broughton and Micah Warren on Cheap Shots (you can listen to the full interview here) that he wasn’t drunk at the time of the incident. But he did admit “it was certainly a party atmosphere.”

Douglas admitted a confrontation after he tried to climb on-stage along with former co-hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill.

[Smith] says ‘Don’t you ever effing do that again,'” Douglas said. “And so I looked at him and I’m like ‘Mike what’s the matter?’ And he walks away, so I walked behind him. And I’m like ‘Dude, what’s going on?’ So, he stopped and he’s talking to this young lady. So I walk up to Michael and I whisper in his ear. I said ‘Mike, don’t you ever talk to me like that again, because I will beat your M F’ing A.’ Just like that.”

Douglas insisted he wasn’t mad at Smith, though the incident led to his firing.

“You know how they say you’re supposed to be able to identify snakes? Didn’t see that one coming. That one’s on me,” Douglas said. “I thought our relationship was more than what it was. You know, I thought we were cool, bottom line. But, we weren’t, so.”

The initial incident didn’t exactly make Douglas more marketable, and I’m not sure the explanation did either.

But Douglas was always willing to offer bold opinions (which is how he ended up talking for a living), so he’s at least getting back in the mix of offering them.

46 responses to “Hugh Douglas opens up about his ESPN firing

  1. If that’s what Michael Smith said to him, I would’ve told him the same thing. Like Warren Sapp, Hugh Douglas believes in his mind that he’s a likeable, charismatic personality, when in reality people pretty much despise him.

  2. I could have told you that Michael Smith was a snake from a mile away. Hugh was never much of an analyst though and ESPN always protects it’s moneymakers.

  3. ESPN has a zero tolerance policy for drunks though. When was the last time you saw Dana Jacobson?

  4. Hugh Douglas took a huge free agent contract from the Jaguars, reported totally out of shape and did absolutely nothing on the field, then after he was released a year later, bragged openly about how it was “a paid vacation.”
    As far as I’m concerned, the man is lower than a snake.

  5. If Douglas whispered this to Michael Smith, then it’s obvious that Smith tattled – punk move.


  6. Smith is the type to deal in office politics, the hall monitor type – a “corporate suit”, if you will.

    He’s the smile in your face type guy, who’s plotting behind your back the whole time.

  7. One thing is for sure Smith didn’t like it one bit when Douglas disagreed with him on the show. They both stink. Actually Jemele does too.

  8. I got drunk with Hugh at a bar in Hartford once. Very fun drunk but I think he could wear thin after a while.

  9. Did the boys tip the waiter or did they pull “a Sapp” on the help? Sapp is such a perfect name for that low-life cretin.

  10. I thought I had ADD, because I could not watch ESPN for more than 5 min w/o getting bored. I now realize that it’s not me, the programming is cr@p.

  11. ESPN is garbage anymore because of pompous blowhards like Michael Smith. It’s mostly unwatchable. Kenny Maine is the only guy from ESPN that’s worth anything. It’s way too corporate-ey now and nobody has any personality or humor. Especially Michael Smith.

  12. For Smith to repeat what was ‘whispered in his ear’, makes him not quite a man.

    Any guy who lives in a semi rough and tumble world knows EXACTLY what ‘whispering in someone’s ear ‘means.

    For those not in the know it was what mobsters do to make sure no one is taping them. It’s when men are men stuff. ‘Let’s take care of business and it’s between us’, type of thing.

    I like Hugh now. The other guy should put on a dress…

  13. It may be a cliche, but it certainly applies in the case of Hugh Douglas…GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD GARBAGE!

  14. I think ESPN’s anchors get beaten down way to hard. The company itself and the chosen programs to cover are terrible but that’s not the job of the anchor.

    I can’t stand ESPN in general but it’s on all day in my house during the nothing else to watch times and I really don’t mind guys/women like John Anderson, Coachman, Jay Crawford, Neil Everett, Kenny Mayne, Sara Walsh…Trey Wingo…

    I think we beat these guys that are pretty good up a bit much due to hate for the four letters and terrible reporting. As far as reporters and breaking news go? The worst.

  15. Smith always looked like one of those typical ESPN analysts who thought he was a lot “cooler”than he was.
    They try to pretend they know so much about sports without ever playing sports in their lives. Thty think they’re tight with the athletes.
    I can bet that when Douglas said that in his ear, Smith pooped himself…

  16. Ttommytom,

    You claim you like Douglas now. Do you like the part where he is proudly boasts about getting a big contract in Jax and then not working hard? How about the part where he assaulted a woman? This “man” is simply arrogant and shows his true colors when someone doesn’t treat him like he is the most important man in the world. Also, you must not have had the misfortune to experience Douglas’s work on sports talk radio. It was awful. Thankfully, it looks like he has chocked and threatened his way out of another job on TV or radio.

  17. For some crazy reason I believe the truth is somewhere in the middle, I doubt Hugh Douglas, a former NFL football player, simply whispered it in his ear that he would beat his arse as opposed to shouting it. Not to mention he had been drinking.

  18. Since being beat down by TO a few years back, I guess Hugh has moved on to outta shape non-athletes.

  19. I think it’s interesting how all if these former professional sports players get jobs on tv, and none of them teach me anything about the game that I don’t already know. Plus, they’re not made for tv so it’s a double negative.

  20. I see many of you don’t like current sports programming.

    I understand. It was much, much better when there was far fewer of them and every show didn’t try to do a 22 minute joke fest.

    As much as I bust on Florio for being a liberal, his PFT television show is really the best thing going in the sports world.

  21. I had a friend with Hugh that night. Hugh was plastered and acting out of control. Hugh is all about Hugh, always has been that way. Everybody that was hanging with Hugh that night tried to get him to go back to his room and sleep. He I insisted acting a fool.

  22. hugh douglas is an idiot who at one time had the ability to play football at a high level.

    when your rap sheet has multiple priors for the same thing, its much harder to blame the victim (esp. one with a thousand witnesses)…..

  23. Even if you dislike Hugh, the story he says makes sense. Any man who acts like Smith deserved a reply back like Hugh gave. I’m also sure there were phone records proving that Hugh tried to squash the problem. So you just know Smith used that as Hugh threatening him. The only problem I have, is why didn’t Hugh whoop his butt after he was fired? The T.O. story is a lie though. They did come to blows. The most honest person on the Eagles at the time who always gave you the “real story’ behins the scenes was Brian Dawkins. Who said Hugh followed TO to the elevater and then as the dorr was closing, punched him in the face. Which at the time made Hugh a cult hero in Philly being how TO was hated by that point.

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