On Sunday, during the pre-match coverage of AC Milan’s friendly match with Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl in California, ESPN soccer analyst Shaka Hislop experienced a concerning incident when he collapsed on air just minutes before the kickoff.
His co-host, Dan Thomas, quickly assured viewers that Hislop was “OK” and conscious following the incident.
During the live broadcast, as Thomas was speaking, Hislop suddenly stumbled forward, unintentionally bumping into his co-host before falling to the ground. The immediate response from the broadcast team was to call for medical assistance, and the feed cut to commercials.
Thankfully, the situation was not as dire as initially feared. Commentator Adrian Healey informed viewers that Hislop had recovered, and the network was later assured that he was indeed fine. The incident was unsettling for viewers and colleagues alike, but the confirmation of Hislop’s consciousness and awareness provided some relief.
Dan Thomas, taking to Twitter, updated concerned fans, confirming that Hislop was conscious and receiving medical attention. He acknowledged that it was too early to determine the cause of the collapse but assured everyone that the situation was being handled seriously.
As the match progressed, Thomas shared further updates during halftime, reiterating that Shaka Hislop was conscious and talking. He also communicated with Hislop’s family, providing them with reassurance that he was receiving proper care.
Shaka Hislop, a former goalkeeper with an impressive 15-year career playing for clubs like Newcastle United and West Ham, also represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 World Cup. After retiring in 2007 following a season with MLS side FC Dallas, Hislop transitioned to a successful career as a soccer analyst for ESPN.
The incident occurred amidst warm weather, with temperatures around 86 degrees in Pasadena, where the Rose Bowl is situated. While the exact cause of the collapse is yet to be determined, the priority remains on ensuring Hislop’s well-being and recovery.
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Fans, colleagues, and soccer enthusiasts across the world are relieved to hear that Shaka Hislop is conscious and communicating. The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of live broadcasts and the importance of quick and efficient medical responses in such situations. The soccer community sends its best wishes for Hislop’s full recovery and looks forward to seeing him back on air soon.