D.L. Hughley Apologizes for Domestic Violence Comments

The comedian realized that spousal abuse is no joke.

Comedian and event emcee D.L. Hughley and his wife, LaDonna, at Night of the Butterfly event at a private residence March 20, 2003, in Los Angeles
Comedian and event emcee D.L. Hughley and his wife, LaDonna, at Night of the Butterfly event at a private residence March 20, 2003, in Los Angeles Kevin Winter/Getty Images

D.L. Hughley is now backpedaling and apologizing for recent comments he made about the domestic issues Columbus Short and his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, are facing. Earlier this month, McCall-Short filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order, saying that Short had threatened to kill her, and himself, during an argument.

Apparently Hughley was #teamColumbus, because he immediately jumped to the former gladiator’s defense. Here’s what Hughley had to say on his online radio show about the alleged incident:

The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country chokes the f–k out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened, first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job, nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.

I guarantee you, three years from now she’s going to be thinking, “Damn, I should have shut the f–k up … Women always running out the mouth when they shouldn’t. … This bitch was thirsty. The bitch was thirsty. What, she gone go back to dancing? She gone f–k her money up?

Hughley then went on to blame McCall-Short for her alleged abuse:

When you’re very young, you’re very volatile. I’ve been in situations where the police were called. I don’t believe that every time someone says something in the heat of anger, they actually mean it. Everybody want a thug dude, a passionate dude, until you gotta live with your mother in an undisclosed location. You know what kind of dude you picked. Stop it.

After making those statements, Hughley wasn’t the most popular kid on the block. Many people felt he was making excuses for Short as well as promoting domestic violence. 

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