On Tuesday, ESPN fired Hugh Douglas, the former Philadelphia Eagles football player and Numbers Never Lie co-host, for reportedly slurring co-host Michael Smith, who is also black, with the “N-word” at an Association of Black Journalists event in Orlando Florida less than two weeks ago.
Douglas reportedly called Smith a “House [N-word]” and an “Uncle Tom” while he was drunk.
Before the incident with Smith, Douglas had blasted Riley Cooper, the Eagles player who was caught on tape at a Kenny Chesney concert using the “N-word,” saying the Eagles receiver was only sorry that he was caught.
Douglas confirmed his dismissal on Twitter: “I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time.”
The sports website The Big Lead first reported the incident between Douglas and Smith.