Hugh Douglas settles domestic-abuse case
Ex-Eagle Hugh Douglas has settled lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend accusing the defensive end of assaulting her in a Connecticut hotel in 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ex-Eagle Hugh Douglas has settled a lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend accusing the defensive end of assaulting her in a Connecticut hotel in 2013.
A trial was scheduled to begin Monday in New Haven federal court, but a document filed Friday says the case was settled. Terms weren't disclosed.
Hope Davila claimed Douglas assaulted her multiple times, including an incident where she claimed he grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against a wall at a Hartford hotel. She sued for unspecified damages for alleged physical and emotional harm.
The former defensive end has consistently professed his innocence, telling Sportsradio 94.1 WIP host Josh Innes last month he was falsely accused.
"The young lady was drunk and changed her story several times before she got to the story where she said I beat her up," Douglas told Innes on Nov. 6. "She was not being truthful about the story she was telling."
Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, played in the NFL from 1995-2004, and spent six seasons with the Eagles (1998-2002, 2004). He also played for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Douglas currently co-hosts a morning sports show on The Game 92.9 in Atlanta. He was fired as an ESPN analyst back in August 2013 after allegedly threatening his former co-host, Michael Smith.
He was initially charged with felony assault but later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a probation program. Douglas' lawyer declined to comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report