Hugh Douglas, Who Was Fired From ESPN For Using Racial Slurs, Calls Out OutKick Writer For ‘Bad Choice Of Words’

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For some reason, former NFL player and ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas took to Twitter to criticize OutKick writer Grayson Weir for a story about Roger Goodell attending the Celebration Bowl, which is also known as the HBCU national championship or Black college football national championship.

Goodell’s presence confused Twitter users because seemingly no one knew that he had a nephew who played for Jackson State. Charlton “Charlie” Goodell is a defensive lineman for the team.

Weir posted a litany of tweets in his stories from people on Twitter expressing their surprise that Goodell’s nephew plays for Jackson State. The article was appropriately titled, “Roger Goodell causes widespread confusion by showing up at HBCU National Championship to support nephew.”

But Hugh Douglas did not like this headline and he took to Twitter to name-call Weir.

It’s unclear exactly what Douglas is implying is wrong with this headline. It’s a fairly straightforward explanation of how people reacted on Saturday.

Weir attempted to get Douglas to clarify his remarks, but he has not responded as of yet.

Weir then came prepared with his receipts.

Hugh Douglas ironically accuses someone else of a “bad choice of words”

It’s one thing to criticize someone’s headline because you don’t agree with it. But if you’re going to specifically lambaste someone for a “bad choice of words” you should probably make sure you don’t have an incredibly poor choice of words in your past.

And Hugh Douglas has a past that includes perhaps the worst choice of words imaginable.

In 2013, ESPN fired Douglas. I actually worked at ESPN when this happened and ran the board for his radio show at the time. He co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio with Jonathan Coachman.

One day, Douglas did not show up. We were then told that he would no longer be on the show moving forward.

Speaking to people within the company, we got answers on why Douglas lost his job. And we weren’t the only ones: it was reported by Variety. And, from what I know of the situation, their report was accurate.

From Variety: “ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation”

The former NFL player and ‘Numbers Never Lie’ host was fired by ESPN on Tuesday after reports surfaced last week of an alleged confrontation between Douglas and ‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ co-host Michael Smith at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Orlando. Last week ESPN released a statement saying they were ‘looking into the situation’ after reports surfaced on Deadspin and ‘The Big Lead’ accusing an intoxicated Douglas threatening to beat up his ‘Numbers Never Lie’ co-star while calling Smith an ‘Uncle Tom’ and a ‘House n—–.’

Variety, August 2013
Former ESPN employees Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith.
Hugh Douglas allegedly called Michael Smith a racial slur, leading to his firing at ESPN.

At a convention celebrating black journalists, Douglas allegedly called his black co-worker an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N-word.”

Whoa. You want to talk about a bad choice of words, Hugh?

I think you should probably “do better.”


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Written by Dan Zaksheske

Dan began his sports media career at ESPN, where he survived for nearly a decade. Once the Stockholm Syndrome cleared, he made his way to Outkick. He is secure enough in his masculinity to admit he is a cat-enthusiast with three cats, one of which is named “Brady” because his wife wishes she were married to Tom instead of him.

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