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Hugh Douglas, Fired ESPN Host, Not First Let Go Over Remarks

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Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 09:57 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Hugh Douglas, the former NFL player turned ESPN star on "Numbers Never Lie," has been added to the list of broadcasters who have been let go or suspended for making allegedly racist or sexist remarks.

Douglas was fired for remarks he made off camera, after a reported blowup at a party the National Association of Black Journalists threw in Orlando earlier in the month, the New York Daily News reported.

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Sources told the New York Daily News that Douglas, who was believed to be drunk at the event, threatened to beat up and grab fellow "Numbers Never Lie" co-host Michael Smith and used racially insensitive language at the House of Blues on Aug. 2 during the NABJ party.

ESPN told media outlets they were "aware there was a disagreement" between the two men, and a spokesperson confirmed that Douglas was no longer with the network.

Douglas is not the first ESPN host to be fired over alleged racist remarks.

In January, ESPN commentator Rob Parker was fired after the host referred to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as a "cornball brother" on ESPN2's "First Take," according to The Washington Post.

"Is (Griffin) a brother, or is he a cornball brother? Well, (that) he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else," Parker said.

Parker said his comments were taken out of context. He was initially suspended for 30 days before ESPN informed him that he would not be returning to the network.

In 2010, "Pardon The Interruption" host Tony Kornheiser was suspended after he made comments about the outfit ESPN host Hannah Storm wore on a Sports Center broadcast, calling it a "Catholic school plaid skirt" that was "way too short for somebody" her age, TMZ reported. He went on to say that the shirt she was wearing looked like "sausage casing."

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