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Hugh Douglas

FIRED FROM ESPN

Allegedly Called Co-Host 'Uncle Tom'

8/13/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0813_hugh_douglas_michael_smith_gettyFormer NFL superstar Hugh Douglas has just been FIRED from his gig on an ESPN show in the wake of reports he called his co-host an "Uncle Tom."

Douglas -- a former Philadelphia Eagles defensive stud -- had co-hosted ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" ... along with Michael Smith.

But according to several reports, Douglas and Smith got into a heated altercation at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Orlando last Tuesday ...with Douglas allegedly hurling the racially charged insult at Smith, who is black.

Douglas never confirmed the incident ... but ESPN had previously told media outlets they were "aware there was a disagreement" between the two men.

Moments ago, ESPN took action -- 86'ing Douglas from the network, effective immediately.

Douglas tweeted about the move -- saying, "I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time."

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46.

Murphy7376    

I have sadly seen this joke of a show a couple of times and this really does not surprise me. Smith is highly educated and very well spoken and Douglas is "not" to say the least. Douglas was always trying to intimidate Smith with thinly veiled shots because he knew he did not belong in the same room intellectually. I have heard about Smith getting harassed before not because of race but because he became a known reporter so young. Keep your head up Smith some of us actually appreciate a person brave enough to be himself.

404 days ago
47.

backfire    

Well now Douglas has all the time in the world to talk crap. Calling another person an Uncle Tom because they have a different viewpoint is unacceptable.

404 days ago
48.

Metta Worldhate    

Suck an *******, Hugh.

404 days ago
49.

Miara    

Please! This racist BS is out of control!!!! Everyone uses slang all of the time!!! So ridiculous! Bring back Archie Bunker and Sanford & Sons - if you want a seriously great laugh! GET OVER IT PEOPLE!

404 days ago
50.

ExtenzvVamp    

Break'n news: 99 cents for burritos @ Ralph's - deli department -DUMB Story!

404 days ago
51.

Manute    

If you ever watched this show.....you could tell there was some friction between these two! And now it blew up! You'd figure ESPN would make sure their analyst get along before putting them on a show together! Dumbasses!!

404 days ago
52.

tonywestspeaks!    

He sure does sound like a "uncle tom" sometimes... So what did he say wrong?

404 days ago
53.

White Boy    

How come blacks can call other blacks the N----- word? and it's not racial.? Bring Back Hugh, He made the show better than Micheal Smith, who the hell is Micheal Smith anyway? Bring back Hugh or I start a rally, to bring him back. Boycott ESPN numbers never lie.

404 days ago
54.

White Boy    

If all races wish to be treated as equals, then people need to grow thicker skin, and not be so damm sensitive when someone says something about them that they do not like. Just ignore it and consider the source of the comment. And remember that ignorance is usually lack of education. Just stop all the complaining about racism, or before you know it , we will be living back in a time, when there really was racism, and that wont be a good thing, for some. So just ignore someone who is using racist comments, dont give them the satisfaction of seeing you upset. If they get no response, it wont be worth it to them, and they will go away.. Be warned, if you keep calling racism, you might get what you asked for.

404 days ago
55.

Barry Soetoro    

Where's Al Sharpton?

404 days ago
56.

Bwoy dem    

good

404 days ago
57.

Art    

But his co-host IS an Uncle Tom?????

404 days ago
58.

JUSTMYOPINION    

Now they are fighting each other? Doesn't make any logic.

403 days ago
59.

JUSTMYOPINION    

Now they are going at each other? People are just never happy.

403 days ago
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