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Tennis commentator Doug Adler fired over remarks about Venus Williams, files lawsuit

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1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:08:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
A tennis commentator dropped by ESPN for a remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open sued the sports network Tuesday for wrongful termination.

Former tennis pro Doug Adler maintains he was describing Williams' aggressive style last month as "guerrilla" tactics and not comparing her with a "gorilla."

He apologized for his poor word choice but was let go from ESPN mid-tournament.

Adler claims "emotional distress" in the filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging he was wrongly branded a racist and has lost other TV opportunities because of the controversy.

The lawsuit calls for punitive financial damages, but doesn't name an amount.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:32:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've not heard the commentary, but surely anyone with a brain can work out from the context of it what he meant.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:40:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Look, let's face it, some people look like monkeys, apes, rats, squirrels, oranges, bears, trannys, birds, and sometimes like people.

he shouldn't have said, she doesn't look like a gorilla, she looks like a man. At least get it right.

Wait, is Venus the man or is that Serena? I can't tell, they all look alike to me.

Not the Williams', black people.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:46:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:40:29 AM UberRoxor wrote:
Look, let's face it, some people look like monkeys, apes, rats, squirrels, oranges, bears, trannys, birds, and sometimes like people. he shouldn't have said, she doesn't look like a gorilla, she looks like a man. At least get it right. Wait, is Venus the man or is that Serena? I can't tell, they all look alike to me. Not the Williams', black people.


I'm guessing that you aren't going to be working for ESPN any time soon...
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 11:49:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Who do you think currently passes the commentators the fun little factoids they read out?
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:03:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Clip of it (not sure what he said immediately afterwards)

"She misses her first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla/guerilla effect on. Charging."

It's not that obvious to me which was intended... I'd associate 'Charging' more with gorillas that geurillas personally, but I see how it could be either.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:10:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
ESPN is gonna get f*cked.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:17:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gorilla/Guerrilla doesn't matter. Whichever it is shows he is a sh*tty commentator and deserved to be fired.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:18:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:10:29 PM theBSR wrote:
ESPN is gonna get f*cked.

How so?
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:18:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:03:50 PM Floor Demon wrote:
[link] "She misses her first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla/guerilla effect on. Charging." It's not that obvious to me which was intended... I'd associate 'Charging' more with gorillas that geurillas personally, but I see how it could be either.


I don't see how 'gorilla effect' really works for tennis. It isn't like gorillas are known for their tennis abilities. 'Guerilla effect' makes much more sense to me in the context of a tennis game.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:21:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:03:50 PM Floor Demon wrote:
... I'd associate 'Charging' more with gorillas that geurillas personally, but I see how it could be either.

Perhaps this is just a language matter but I don't get that at all.
I tend to agree with CD on this one ...
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:21:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:10:29 PM theBSR wrote:
ESPN is gonna get f*cked.
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:18:02 PM Envethis wrote:
How so?

For handling it the way they did.
They've basically ruined the guys career when he obviously was referring to guerrillas, not gorillas.
I hope he takes them to the cleaners.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:32:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:03:50 PM Floor Demon wrote:
[link] "She misses her first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla/guerilla effect on. Charging." It's not that obvious to me which was intended... I'd associate 'Charging' more with gorillas that geurillas personally, but I see how it could be either.


Context makes this story. I'm sorry, (but not really), I think he meant gorilla.

Guerilla warfare? Gorillas charge, it's a basic behavior. Do guerrillas charge?

But. You know. 'Murica. He'll probably win. 'Murica. Hosé can you seeeeeee....by te dawns early light.......

1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:33:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I mean, employers can let go at-will employees for no reason or any reason (except protected things like race, gender, disability). ESPN just said he should have been more careful in his word selection and pulled him from further broadcasts in response to public outage. I would wager his case gets dismissed pretty quickly.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:34:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Really needed the word "tactics" in there.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:42:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:18:30 PM CowDung wrote:
I don't see how 'gorilla effect' really works for tennis. It isn't like gorillas are known for their tennis abilities. 'Guerilla effect' makes much more sense to me in the context of a tennis game.


Are guerillas particularly noted for their tennis abilities? I don't think either is a particularly obvious fit in a game of tennis.

A bull might be a more obvious animal metaphor if that's what he was going for, but like Spratacus said, gorillas are known for charging at people - I can see how it would be taken as a metaphor for aggresive play. I also get the guerilla tactics/hit and run interpretation.

I've no problem with giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, but I don't think it's unambiguous.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:45:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:42:19 PM Floor Demon wrote:
Are guerillas particularly noted for their tennis abilities? I don't think either is a particularly obvious fit in a game of tennis. A bull might be a more obvious animal metaphor if that's what he was going for, but like Spratacus said, gorillas are known for charging at people - I can see how it would be taken as a metaphor for aggresive play. I also get the guerilla tactics/hit and run interpretation. I've no problem with giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, but I don't think it's unambiguous.


No, but it makes sense to be in that a game of tennis is analogous to a battle or warfare...
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:47:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
...and I believe that it's fair to say that guerillas do charge.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:53:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would be mad, but my finger hurts from wagging it at everybody.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 1:00:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:42:19 PM Floor Demon wrote:
Are guerillas particularly noted for their tennis abilities? I don't think either is a particularly obvious fit in a game of tennis. A bull might be a more obvious animal metaphor if that's what he was going for, but like Spratacus said, gorillas are known for charging at people - I can see how it would be taken as a metaphor for aggresive play. I also get the guerilla tactics/hit and run interpretation. I've no problem with giving the guy the benefit of the doubt....
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:45:52 PM CowDung wrote:
No, but it makes sense to be in that a game of tennis is analogous to a battle or warfare...

On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:47:12 PM CowDung wrote:
...and I believe that it's fair to say that guerillas do charge.


Interesting. I can agree.

1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 1:01:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 12:53:14 PM EhFahQ wrote:
I would be mad, but my finger hurts from wagging it at everybody.


Put a bandage on that bad boy. Tsk tsk tsk.

1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 1:52:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
How about "I apologize for my poor choice of words"? Whatever happened to a good old fashioned apology and a good old fashioned "ok, don't let it happen again"?
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 2:09:15 PM EST (GMT-5)

1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 2:13:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 1:52:31 PM Noldor wrote:
How about "I apologize for my poor choice of words"? Whatever happened to a good old fashioned apology and a good old fashioned "ok, don't let it happen again"?

You're obviously not a millennial.
1 month ago - Wednesday 2/15/17 - 2:16:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 2/15/17 - 1:52:31 PM Noldor wrote:
How about "I apologize for my poor choice of words"? Whatever happened to a good old fashioned apology and a good old fashioned "ok, don't let it happen again"?

People do that all the time, and it's enough. In this case, his employer clearly didn't think it was good enough.

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