Former NFL player and ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas was charged with assault on Tuesday.
Douglas appeared before a court, where he was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation. According to reports, he got into an argument with a woman at a Marriot Hotel in Connecticut.
Court documents state Douglass grabbed the unnamed women by the neck and “slammed her into the walls several times.” Douglass claims the woman’s injuries came as a result of rough sex.
Hugh Douglas played 10 years in the NFL from 1995-2004. He was drafted by the New York Jets, who traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles three years later. He spent the 2003 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then returned to the Eagles in 2004.
In 2005, Hugh Douglas got into an altercation with former teammate Terrell Owens. Owens was suspended by the team and refused to apologize.
All was quiet until 2011. Douglass was hired by ESPN as a studio analyst. In September 2012 Douglas became a full time co-host on Numbers Never Lie with Jalen Rose. He was fired last August for reportedly using racist language during an altercation with a colleague.
Now, Hugh Douglas faces serious legal problems with his assault charge.
What’s most surprising is Hugh Douglas didn’t have a history of off field issues in college or the NFL. His altercation with Terrell Owens happened after he retired. He does not appear to be a violent person by nature.
Still, the assault charge must be taken very seriously. It’s always sad to see someone so respected at one point in his career fall from grace so quickly. What do you think?