ESPN Pundit Likens Venus Williams To “Gorilla”


By Victor Trammell

ESPN has fired one of its commentators for some less than appropriate comments that he made on air during a tennis match up between Venus Williams (pictured right) and Stefanie Voegele during the Australian Open.

According to The Sun, a newspaper owned by News UK, Doug Adler (pictured left) was calling the game last Wednesday (January 18th) when he made major verbal slip up. During an ESPN3 was live streaming, Adler compared Williams to an ape as she finished a second round tie against Voegele.

“[Voegele] misses a first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla effect on charging,” Adler said during his on-air gaffe.

Later on during the ESPN3 broadcast of the Australian Open, Adler apologized for his comments. However, ESPN took action by removing him as a commentator indefinitely. A statement was released by ESPN confirming Adler’s termination right before Williams dominated Duan Ying-Ying in the third round of The Open on Friday (January 20th).

“During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection,” ESPN’s statement read. “He apologized and we have removed him from his remaining assignments,” the statement went on to read.

Williams remained classy and did not respond to questions from broadcasters about Adler’s idiotic foul up during his coverage of her trouncing of Voegele. In a press interview after her third round victory at The Open, Williams said the following:

“All I can say is it’s been a wonderful, wonderful career for me full of positives. That’s what I focus on. I mean, what else can I do? It’s a beautiful life. That’s how I feel about every single thing. I pay attention and address situations that are noteworthy. That’s been my past record, clearly.” (

Williams remains active in The Open and could very well win it all in the final round of the world-class tennis tournament.

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