Doug Adler, a former ESPN announcer in midst of a lawsuit against the company, told Fox Sports Radio on Wednesday that he is hospitalized due to having suffered a heart attack linked to stress from the court case.
On January 18th, Adler used the word “guerilla” to describe a tennis shot by Venus Williams, an African-American, in a match at the Australian Open. Under immediate, heavy pressure from left wing Twitter users and commentators, ESPN claimed that Adler had used the racist term “gorilla” to describe Williams.
Adler was fired by the sports-entertainment outlet and is currently pursuing legal action. But his health may have taken a marked turn for the worse.
The wrongful-termination lawsuit reads in part, “(our client has) has been falsely accused of being the worst thing imaginable, and something he clearly isn’t and never has been.” Adler also claims to have been told by doctors that his heart attack was caused by so many thousands of people who have called him racist.
“Guerilla” is a term referring to a style of fighting, and has been used extensively in tennis as far back as Nike ad campaigns of the 1990s.