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#2606145 - 02/15/17 01:39 PM "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense
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ESPN sued for wrongful termination by announcer after Venus Williams match call

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A veteran ESPN announcer sued the sports network Monday for firing him during the Australian Open over accusations that he had used an ethnic slur against tennis superstar Venus Williams.

Doug Adler, who began working for ESPN in 2008 covering the world's biggest tennis matches, came under fire for a comment on Jan. 18 when he said Williams used "the guerrilla effect." The comment went viral because it was pushed along by the New York Times on twitter labeling it as the "appalling" term "gorilla," which "ignited the flames of anger and hatred" against Adler, the lawsuit said.

Adler was fired two days later.

He claims he was using a well-known term to describe aggressive play yet ESPN has destroyed his career.

"By the way ESPN chose to handle this non-issue, they effectively branded me, my character and my reputation for the rest of my life," Adler told FoxNews.com.

Adler "has lost future opportunities in the sporting and business worlds because no one will hire a racist,'" the lawsuit said. "He has suffered serious emotional distress and harm because he has been falsely accused of being the worst thing imaginable, and something he clearly isn't and never has been, all over the use of the word guerilla,' a word that is commonly used in tennis."

In addition to wrongful termination, Adler is also claiming intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and economic hardship. The suit also names ESPN Senior Vice President Mark Gross and Vice President Jamie Reynolds. It seeks unspecified damages.

Williams' publicist did not respond to requests for comment. ESPN spokesperson Dave Nagle said, "We have not been served and we are declining further comment."

Adler claims that ESPN and its executives knew that he used the word "guerilla" and not "gorilla," but fired him anyway. He had finished work without a word from his managers following the incident and returned the next day.

"I was eating in the lounge area when the boss showed up out of the blue," Adler said. "He was bowing to pressure because it was all over twitter."

Adler was told to apologize on air and he complied. But instead of resuming his broadcasting, he was pulled from the show and fired the next day. He was "told he was done working tennis at ESPN," the complaint said.

Apparently the world "guerilla" has been used for decades in the tennis world. The complaint mentions "Guerilla Tennis," the name of a famous 1995 Nike television ad campaign featuring superstars Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras setting up an impromptu tennis match in the middle of a busy city intersection. The ad ran during the US Open and was profiled again in a 2015 Vanity Fair article after the tennis stars reunited for a similar rematch in the streets of New York.

The term is also used as the name of a Twitter account called Guerilla Tennis started in 2014 by a tennis enthusiast.

"The irony is that Adler called everything correctly and in a professional manner, whereas ESPN did not they recklessly made the wrong call," said Adler's attorney, David Ring, in a statement. "It was not only political correctness gone overboard, but also a cowardly move that ruined a good man's career."


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#2606146 - 02/15/17 01:41 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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Sounds like he's got a good case. What's the problem?

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#2606148 - 02/15/17 01:42 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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squid is having a harder and harder time defending Trump, so it's on to other social injustices I see.

What I didn't see is whether he was at will or had a contract. And the assertion that ESPN acted because it was already all over twitter sorta indicates that ESPN didn't defame him at all - all they did was bow to public pressure because everyone else called him a racist.


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#2606157 - 02/15/17 01:48 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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Will a screening of Captain Ron be admitted into evidence?
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#2606158 - 02/15/17 01:52 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: Kento]
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you are an enigma to me. shrug
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#2606162 - 02/15/17 01:57 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: donuts]
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#2606169 - 02/15/17 02:10 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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Meh, I don't necessarily buy that explanation, but so what if it is true?

You can't say bomb on an airplane and you can't say guerilla if there's a person of color anywhere in sight. You'll get over it.

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#2606171 - 02/15/17 02:15 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: CharmingSophisticate]
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As a professional broadcaster/talking head, he should have figured out long ago that any kind of a simian reference in connection with a black player is going to have repercussions.
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#2606183 - 02/15/17 02:31 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: GWS]
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Originally Posted By: GWS
As a professional broadcaster/talking head, he should have figured out long ago that any kind of a simian reference in connection with a black player is going to have repercussions.


Alternatively, he could simply have added the word "warrior" to the guerilla description and been fine.
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#2606187 - 02/15/17 02:37 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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Squidley, are you a big tennis buff?
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#2606188 - 02/15/17 02:40 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: frvcvs]
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Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Squidley, are you a big tennis buff?


I believe he has a shrine to Bill Tilden.
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#2606189 - 02/15/17 02:42 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: GWS]
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guerilla is a simian reference ? shrug
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#2606190 - 02/15/17 02:42 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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he is obsessed with rackets tongue2
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#2606192 - 02/15/17 02:45 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: Kento]
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so many hard fought finals matches, sometimes it's a jungle out there on center court... shrug
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#2606285 - 02/15/17 06:02 PM Re: "Guerilla warriors" is okay, but referring to a "guerilla" tennis champ is a fire-able offense [Re: squidley]
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You can tell by all the fat and ugly sideline reporters and that grating sound of that woman play-by-play announcer that ESPN went full SJW a long time ago

However, he's going to get paid via this lawsuit. Good for him
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