Former ESPN Announcer’s Doctors Blame Stress From His Firing For Heart Attack

Ford Springer | Contributor

Doug Adler, who was fired from ESPN for using the term “guerilla effect” during a tennis match, suffered a heart attack and his doctors are saying it was a result of the stress of being labeled a racist after his firing.

Adler was announcing a tennis match when he described Venus Williams’ aggressive play by using the term “guerilla,” a word that has been used in tennis talk for years. His use of the term led him to be incorrectly labeled a racist on Twitter and fired by ESPN the following day.

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Adler suffered a heart attack on Tuesday and his doctors informed him that the stress of ESPN firing him and being publicly branded a racist likely caused his heart conditions to worsen contributing to the heart attack.

The former tennis announcer has appeared on “Outkick the Coverage” several times since his firing to justify his remarks and defend himself against incorrect claims that he referred to Williams as a “gorilla.”

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Adler called Fox Sports pundit Clay Travis from the hospital to tell him what happened. Travis delivered the unfortunate news on “Outkick the Coverage,” Wednesday to give his best wishes to Adler and encourage others to do so as well.

According to Travis, Adler remains in the hospital where he is recovering from the heart attack.

Ford Springer



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