si – ESPN has parted ways with Hugh Douglas. “He no longer works for us effective today,” said an ESPN spokesperson. The former NFL player and Numbers Never Lie panelist was let go by ESPN today after disturbing details emerged last week … regarding an alleged confrontation between Douglas and ESPN Numbers Never Lie host Michael Smith at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Orlando. ESPN issued a statement last Tuesday saying, “We are aware there was a disagreement between Hugh Douglas and Michael Smith. We are looking into the situation.”
See? Hugh Douglas says something racially insensitive to someone of the same race at a private party — fired a week later. Riley Cooper says something racially insensitive to someone of a different race in public ON CAMERA — suspended with pay for three days. The world is a prejudiced and unfair place, Hugh.
I guess people like us just aren’t as valuable as people like them. Journalists vs. athletes I mean, of course. Seems like every time something bad happens to us it immediately means loss of career and good name, but one of them can get in trouble over and over again and not have to worry about it. It’s all taken care of by their expensive lawyers and inherent privilege while our kind gotta claw and drag for every little inch forward. Unfair.
We journalists gotta stick together.