as mentioned in ESPN agreed with Plaintiff, told Plaintiff it understood the use of “guerrilla” in that context, but wanted Plaintiff to apologize anyways.
Defendants then fired Plaintiff the next day and told him he was done working tennis at ESPN.
Plaintiff told defendants that there was nothing wrong with using the word “guerrilla” to describe a tennis tactic.
While commenting on a second-round match between Venus Williams and Stefanie Vögele last month, he said, “You’ll see Venus move in, and put the gorilla/guerrilla effect on.
AdvertisementAdler, a former tennis pro, has appeared on ESPN broadcasts since 2008.
as mentioned in Adler’s attorney, Daid M. Ring of civil-rights firm Taylor & Ring, called ESPN “cowardly” in a statement provided to TheWrap.
“We have not been served and am declining further comment,” an ESPN spokesman told TheWrap.
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The lawsuit alleges that Adler, who was hired by ESPN in 2008, was wrongfully terminated while covering the 2017 Australian Open, after he “described Venus Williams as using ‘guerrilla’ tactics, a description that is commonly used in tennis to describe a form of aggressive play.
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Fired Tennis Announcer Sues ESPN … I Never Called Venus Williams a ‘Gorilla’
Fired Tennis Announcer Sues ESPN I Never Called Venus Williams a ‘Gorilla’Exclusive VideoThere’s a HUGE difference between “gorilla” and “guerrilla” when referring to Venus Williams — so says ex-ESPN tennis announcer, Doug Adler, who claims he was wrongly fired after people THOUGHT he was being racist.
In fact, Adler says Nike ran a tennis campaign back in the ’90s called “Guerrilla Tennis.”
Adler says ESPN understood what he meant but made him apologize anyway … only to fire him a short time later.
Instead, Adler says the term is NOT racist, but rather a “frequently used” word in tennis to describe an aggressive style of play.
Adler says Twitter freaked out and misunderstood what he was trying to say — wrongly interpreting the comment as racist.
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