It’s been a rough few weeks for former NFL player Hugh Douglas. He was recently fired by ESPN for getting into a nasty verbal argument with his co-worker Michael Smith. It was reported that Douglas used nasty racial terms when talking about Smith when the two were attending a writers convention on August 2nd. He was also allegedly drunk and threatened to fight Smith. ESPN decided it wasn’t going to tolerate his actions and sent him packing.
Now, there are reports coming out of Hartford, Connecticut that Douglas has been arrested after an incident at a local hotel. Douglas has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation. He was arraigned in court on Tuesday morning, for what police are deeming as a ‘fight’ with a woman. Reports state that Douglas grabbed the woman by the neck and slammed her into the wall multiple times.
Douglas is claiming that her injuries were the result of rough sex. Given the differences in the stories from both parties, it seems likely that the former analyst will plead not guilty to the charges. To this point there’s been no word from the former NFL player.
Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but it appears that ESPN made the right call to can Douglas last month. His alleged behavior at the writers conference towards Smith seemed to indicate that he was a ticking time bomb. Calling out someone in public by using harsh language and threatening to fight them, is a big time red flag. If indeed Douglas did assault this woman, I think it’s safe to say that he needs some professional help.