Sunday, January 22, 2017


ESPN in race row after commentator compares Venus Williams to a GORILLA at Australian Open tennis match

ESPN has been caught in a race row after a commentator compared Venus Williams to a gorilla.  Doug Adler sparked a furious backlash on social media with his comments during the second round of the Australian Open.

Former pro Adler made the controversial comparison as five-time Wimbledon champion beat Stefanie Voegele in the second round.  Narrating the action, he said: "She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her. You will see Venus move in and puts the gorilla effect on. Charging".

Furious Twitter users immediately called for Adler's dismissal.

Other users, however, claimed the commentator had been misquoted and had in fact meant “guerrilla”.

In 2014 the president the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev referred to Serena and Venus Williams as the "Williams brothers" on Russian state television and was fined US$25,000.

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4 comments:

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Another liberal comentator with their walnut sized brain and the useful idiots from ESPN

Anonymous said...

I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Adler has been removed from the Australian Open coverage.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/venus-williams-gorilla-espn-doug-adler-australian-open-apologises-a7536911.html

Words have consequences.

DMan said...

"Other users, however, claimed the commentator had been misquoted and had in fact meant “guerrilla”."

Ah, yes. He was simply using that well-known catch-phrase "putting the guerrilla effect on."

/headdesk