Most on-air personalities that get canned from ESPN are going to draw some attention. In the case of Hugh Douglas, it’s drawing a lot of attention. The now former host of Numbers Never Lie was fired by the network on Tuesday after reports surfaced that he directed racial comments towards his co-host Michael Smith.
Douglas alleged showed up drunk at a writers convention on August 2nd and got into an altercation with Smith. Multiple people have reportedly confirmed that Douglas called Smith a ‘house n*****’ and an ‘uncle tom.’ He also allegedly threatened to fight him.
ESPN learned of this several days back and ultimately decided firing Douglas was the best option.
I fully agree with the network’s decision to move on from Douglas. With the Riley Cooper incident fresh in everyone’s mind, this was a chance for them to prove a point that racial comments will not be tolerated.
It doesn’t matter what race you are, you shouldn’t be saying slur words. Even if Douglas’ comments were directed at a man the same race as him, it still doesn’t change the fact that he shouldn’t be saying the words he did.
That’s the only way our society will be able to move on from the use of racial slurs – everyone has to stop using them. There’s no place in today’s world for comments like Douglas’.
ESPN will be fine in all of this, as they’ve simply removed yet another marginal talent from their roster of analysts.