Tuesday, November 15, 2005
T.O. Central, Part 976
Hugh Douglas Said What?
Check out this quote, said by the ex-defensive end on WIP:
"It's everybody's fault, and everybody could have handled the situation a lot better."
Excuse me? Hugh Douglas works for the Eagles' front office, and his fracas with Terrell Owens has been cited as one of the final straws that led to T.O.'s suspension.
Doesn't a statement like this undercut the team's official position, that T.O. deserves all the blame, the front office none of the shame?
Maybe T.O. should call Douglas as a witness at Friday's grievance hearing.
Here's the full context of the quote. It happened during an exchange between WIP's Rhea Hughes and Douglas, while Howard Eskin was off getting the coffin for his mock T.O. "funeral." (See next item.)
Hughes: Somebody asked me about you today. And you seem kind of, I don't know what the word is, apologetic, kind of sad that you were involved in it.
Douglas: Yes, because when you step back from the situation and you actually know everything that's going on, like I said, it's partly his fault, but everybody's involved. It's everybody's fault, and everybody could have handled the situation a lot better. You just hate to see a great player have all this controversy surrounding him.
Clearly, Douglas was trying to avoid controversy. Consider this earlier exchange:
Caller: Hey, Hugh, don't you think you're taking this a little bit too far, man?
Douglas: What do you mean? What am I doing?
Caller: What are you doing? You're right down there with the muskrat right beside you!
Douglas: This is my job, and I'm going sit here. Have you heard me say anything? I have not opened my mouth.
Eskin: Larry's a punk. He calls up and whines all the time.
But didn't Douglas, in trying not to point fingers, actually point them all over the place?