Former Eagle Douglas, ESPN part ways
The 10-day saga involving ESPN, former NFL player Hugh Douglas and media personality Michael Smith took a definitive turn on Tuesday, but the story may be far from over.
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Douglas, who served as a panelist on the Smith-hosted show 'Numbers Never Lie,' parted ways with the network Tuesday according to Sports Illustrated, which quoted an ESPN spokesperson as saying of Douglas, "He no longer works for us effective today."
Last week, multiple reports surfaced that Douglas and Smith were in at least one altercation in Orlando, Fla., during a trip to the National Association of Black Journalists convention. While reports swirled as to who was the aggressor and the exact nature of any incidents, ESPN did release a statement last Tuesday reading, “We are aware there was a disagreement between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith. We are looking into the situation.”
For his part, Douglas did acknowledge via Twitter that he no longer works for ESPN, but did not comment further and included in the tweet a rather ominous statement.
I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time— Hugh Douglas (@Bighugh53) August 13, 2013
H/t: Larry Brown Sports