from www.courant.com – HARTFORD— A former NFL player and ESPN analyst charged with a violent weekend assault on his girlfriend at a city hotel told police that some of the her injuries were from rough sex.
But Hugh Lamont Douglas “could not explain how she got the bump on her head,” according to a police report released Wednesday.
Douglas, 42, was arrested early Sunday at the Hartford Marriott Downtown and charged with second-degree strangulation and third-degree assault, He was released after posting $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Oct. 21.
According to the report, a hotel clerk called police about 2:50 a.m. Sunday after Douglas’ girlfriend asked if there were cameras in the hotel, saying she had been assaulted.
When the clerk said no, the woman became a little upset and started walking away. As she was leaving, he noticed bruises on the woman’s neck. He asked security to stop her and called the police, according to the report.
When a police officer arrived, he noticed red marks on both sides of her neck. She also had a bump on the back of her head, the report states.
The woman told the officer she didn’t want police to be called and that she and her boyfriend of eight months had “a little fight but nothing serious.”
Later, at Hartford Hospital, the woman offered more detail about the clash.
She told the officer that she and Douglas had gone out for some drinks. When they returned to the hotel, they had an argument and she left the hotel room, the report states.
As she reached the elevator, Douglas caught up to her and stopped her from getting in, she told the officer. He grabbed her by the neck, picked her up and carried her down the hallway toward the room, the report says, slamming her into the walls along the way.
She blacked out because she couldn’t breathe, the woman said. When she woke up, she was lying on the bed — fully clothed — with a headache. She climbed out of bed, left the room and ran to the elevator, the report states.
When the officer talked to Douglas, he said the two had a “minor argument” earlier, but he had not seen her in a while.
Asked if he heard anything in the hallway after his girlfriend left, he said he heard a thump sound, police said. He opened the door and saw her on the floor, he said.
He said he ran out of the room, picked her up, brought her inside and put her on the bed, the report states.
Asked about her injuries, he said rough sex led to the neck injury, but he “could not explain how she got the bump on her head.”
Douglas played in the NFL from 1995 to 2004, for the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In August, Douglas was fired from ESPN, where he worked as an analyst on the show “Numbers Never Lie,” after a confrontation with his co-host at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention, according to a Reuters report.