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Former ESPN Analyst & NFL Star Faces Assault Charges

Describes Encounter as ‘Rough Sex’

by Courtney Jacobs
AFRO Staff Writer

    This Sept. 22, 2013 booking photo released by the Hartford Police Department shows former NFL football player and former ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Douglas was arrested on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, and charged with strangling and assaulting his girlfriend at a hotel in Hartford, Conn. He posted $50,000 bail and is due in court Oct. 21. The 42-year-old former defensive end played with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo/Hartford Police Department (AP Photo)
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Former pro football standout and cable television sports analyst Hugh Douglas is scheduled to appear in a Connecticut court Oct. 21 to face third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation charges.

He is free on $50, 000 bail after being arrested and charged with the assault of a woman in a Hartford, Conn. hotel Sept. 24.

Police arrested Douglas, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, after responding to a report of a fight between Douglas and a woman at a Marriott hotel in Hartford.

Douglas denied allegations by the victim, contained in court documents, that he “grabbed her by the neck” and “slammed her into the wall several times.” Douglas claimed the woman was injured during a sexual encounter that he described as “rough sex.”

The arrest occurred a month after an incident with former ESPN colleague Michael Smith.

Douglas was fired from ESPN in August after a widely witnessed verbal altercation with Michael A. Smith, with whom he co-hosted the ESPN show “Numbers Never Lie.” The altercation occurred during the July 31 – Aug. 4 National Association of Black Journalists convention in Orlando, Fla.

Douglas played 10 years in the National Football League with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.