ESPN Sued For Wrongful Termination By Announcer After Venus Williams Match Call
By FOX ENTERTAINMENT NEWS // February 16, 2017
Adler says term used to describe aggressive play
ABOVE VIDEO: Doug Adler speaks with TMZ Sports about why ESPN terminated him for his comments about tennis star Venus Williams.
(FOX NEWS) – A veteran ESPN announcer sued the sports network Monday for firing him during the Australian Open over accusations that he had used an ethnic slur against tennis superstar Venus Williams.
Doug Adler, who began working for ESPN in 2008 covering the world’s biggest tennis matches, came under fire for a comment on Jan. 18 when he said Williams used “the guerrilla effect.”
The comment went viral because it was pushed along by the New York Times, who labeled the comment on Twitter as the “appalling” term “gorilla,” which “ignited the flames of anger and hatred” against Adler, the lawsuit said. Adler was fired two days later.
He claims he was using a well-known term to describe aggressive play yet ESPN has destroyed his career.
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