Sacked tennis commentator rehired after 'gorilla' controversy

ESPN has reportedly settled a wrongful termination lawsuit with tennis commentator Doug Adler, who could soon begin working games on the network again.

The broadcaster was fired by ESPN in 2017 after some believed Adler made a racist comment about Venus Williams.

While calling a match during the 2017 Australian Open, many believed Adler said Williams “puts the gorilla effect on, charging”.

Adler clarified he used the term “guerrilla” to describe how Williams was playing.

Adler apologised for using the phrase. He was fired by ESPN, and chose to sue the network in February 2017.

According to the New York Post, Adler has now received a monetary settlement from ESPN – and could soon commentator tennis again.

Doug Adler was sacked by ESPN after a controversial comment during a Venus Williams match. Pic: Today/Getty

“Now, with the network under new and perhaps more sensible management, comes muted word that ESPN ‘has amicably resolved our dispute with Doug Adler’,” read the newspaper report.

“Sources claim — without ESPN’s dispute — that Adler received a monetary settlement and has even been returned to ESPN’s payroll and could return to work tennis events for the network.”

In his lawsuit against ESPN, Adler claimed ’emotional distress’, according to the Associated Press.

The AP wrote: “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.”

Adler’s lawsuit cited a Nike ad from the 1990s titled ‘Guerrilla Tennis’. The lawsuit claimed that commercial had an impact on Adler’s choice of words during the match.

with Yahoo Sports