Hugh Douglas was inebriated and threatened to beat up his colleague Michael Smith three times Friday night, a source who witnessed the altercation at the House of Blues in Orlando tells The Big Lead. According to the source, Douglas, who appears on Numbers Never Lie on ESPN with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, was trying to get on stage where the DJ was playing, and threatened to beat up Smith if he couldn’t help out. After the third threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up. Three independent sources have verified this version of events. Douglas was then pulled aside by someone from ESPN who was in attendance, and the two briefly spoke. Douglas then left the party. A source at ESPN says that Douglas has been yanked off Numbers Never Lie until the network can sort out details from the night. The event was hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists, and the party was to raise money for college scholarships. Douglas, a former NFL defensive lineman, is 6-foot-2 and more than 280 pounds; Smith, a journalist, is considerably smaller. It is unclear if the altercation got physical, but a source who witnessed most of the skirmish described the dust-up as “very ugly.”
I would have paid infinity dollars for this footage. Had to be so much more entertaining than the Riley Cooper clip. Crazydrunk Hugh Douglas trying to get on stage with the cool kids. Michael Smith blocking Hugh’s shine. Hugh taking it personally and venting about things hes probably felt for months before threatening to beat the shit out of Smith. Then he does it two more times and calls him an Uncle Tom. Viral City. Worldstar would probably murder for it.
Truth be told (in my opinion), what Hugh said to Michael Smith was as offensive as what Riley Cooper said to that security guard. Massively disrespectful and judgmental in ways that take into account someone’s personality rather than being a generic racist blanket statement. Hugh has always been my guy, but you can’t get drunk at black journalism parties trying to fight your “house nigger” boss three times. That’s not how black journalists are supposed to act.