Hugh Douglas out at ESPN after “disagreement” with co-host

August 13, 2013

ESPN and Hugh Douglas, the former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, have parted company, a week after reports of a verbal altercation with his “Numbers Never Lie” co-host Michael Smith.

“He [Douglas] no longer works for us, effective today,” a spokesman told’s Richard Deitsch.

Last week, a network spokesman had confirmed “there was a disagreement between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith. We are looking into the situation.” Today, ESPN acted. Douglas tweeted that he was gone, promising that he’d have “more to say … at the appropriate time.”

Douglas and Smith clashed, according to reports on Deadspin and The Big Lead, during the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Orlando, with Douglas allegedly threatening Smith and using slurs.

Douglas, 41, joined ESPN in 2011.

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