ABOVE PHOTO: Hugh Douglas.
If you ever go into television, make sure you remember this simple piece of advice: Never get angry at your co-worker and call him a ‘house n*gger’ in public. If you avoid doing this, you might have a chance to keep your job.
ESPN has hired quite a few black men lately after realizing that there is a very large audience of black males watching sports shows during the day when everyone else is at work. This allows the network to take advantage of the black male unemployment rate, which is the highest in the country.
But just because there are black men employed by the network, that doesn’t mean that someone isn’t behind the scenes calling the shots. The public learned this when analyst Rob Parker was also fired for questioning whether Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III was a real brother or a “cornball brother.”
Hugh Douglas, a former Philadelphia Eagles superstar, is the latest analyst to be fired from ESPN for racially-controversial remarks. The incident for which Douglas was fired involved an argument with co-host Michael Smith, during which Douglas referenced Smith with more than one racially-offensive remark. This might have gotten by if they both worked for BET, but ESPN isn’t going for that kind of nonsense.
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys confirmed that Douglas is out of his job with the network. The disagreement took place at the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention in Orlando.
“I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time,” Douglas wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.
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