Hugh Douglas has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. He was the 2000s version of Charles Barkley in Philadelphia sports whether with the Eagles, as team Ambassador or in his current role as an ESPN analyst.
This week, his comments regarding Texans running back Arian Foster’s announcement that he is going vegan started a Twitter war with vegans. Yes, Hugh is in battle and has been for the last two days.
When asked on ESPN First Take his thoughts about Foster’s decision, Hugh questioned the timing of it. (Click the link for teh clip; ESPN disabled sharing features for the clip or it’d be embedded here.)
“I don’t know of any NFL player that’s ever been a vegan,” Douglas said. “I think it’s a bad idea because of the timing. If you were going to do this, your body has to have time to adjust to not eating meat, especially when your body’s been so used to eating meat. He shoulda did this at the end of last season if that’s what he was gonna do.
“You’re going into a football season; there’s a lot of strenuous activity. There’s a lot of dehydration. It’s gonna be hot. And, to deprive your body of that protein that it’s been used to getting, that’s going to be a tough spot to be in. I just think this is a bad time for him, and he had hamstring issues last year.”
Hugh was asked his opinion and he gave it. Skip Bayless followed up by noting that many athletes say you can’t retain muscle mass without animal protein. We’re not going to use Bayless as an expert here. Quite frankly, we still question what he is an expert in beyond making dumb comments.
However, the vegan community, or vegans, let Douglas know what they thought via Twitter. (Bang it here for Hugh’s Twitter feed and go back through July 12 and 13).
Among the posts Douglas made:
“Apologies to all the vegans out there! I was misinformed. But to be honest I can care less about what you eat..”
DANG!! I thought not eating meat made you calm! Some of these vegans are some angry people! Take it down a few!
Help!! The vegans are tryin to get me!!!
Help ! Now the vegans are correcting my grammar as well! Some of y’all need to get a hobby!! This is twitter fool!
Starting to find out for some of y’all twitter is your life. For me it’s entertainment .. Relax! We got bigger problems!!
To be fair, Douglas is sarcastic in a way that aims for humor. His replies to people have shown that he was just stating his opinion as a football analyst and not a food expert. He was not attacking the began lifestyle, only questioning the timing of it. Still, the entire exchange is comical to a point, especially if you know Hugh’s public persona from watching his interviews and listening to him on WIP over the years. And, you have to give Hugh credit for responding to tweets for the better part of two days when he could have just ignored them like most national people would do.
Hugh, next burger at Landmark Americana is on us if you read this. (@TDPhiladelphian)
By the way, our stance on this is everyone is entitled to eat what they want. We understand both sides of the argument.