A tragedy on the airwaves. Shaka Hislop, an ESPN Broadcaster, collapsed live on-air Sunday. Hislop is a former Premier League soccer player from the United Kingdom, where he played for Newcastle, West Ham, and Portsmouth in the 1990s. Now he lends his expert voice to ESPN and gives commentary on soccer matches.
Hislop apparently lost consciousness mid-conversation before Sunday’s soccer games. He was speaking with co-host Dan Thomas when the incident occurred. Thomas called for help immediately, and Hislop was transported to the hospital in Pasadena, California, where the pair were commenting on the Rose Bowl (Soccer) ahead of the AC Milan and Real Madrid match.
Later in the match, Thomas gave an update on Hislop’s health, saying, “As it stands, it’s good news. He’s conscious, he’s talking. I think he’s a little embarrassed about it all. He’s apologized profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him Obviously, far too early to make any sort of diagnosis.”.
Thomas went on to say, “But the important thing is that Shaka’s conscious, and we spoke to his family as well because you can imagine seeing that happen live, there can’t be many more things that could scare you amongst the family. But fortunately, we spoke to his wife, and things are looking OK.”
Current reports say that Hislop could have fainted from prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. The temps in Pasadena Sunday reached 91°. It is unclear at this time if that was, in fact, the cause of Hislop’s collapse or if something else was behind it. Heat is a severe danger in the summer, and it is essential to hydrate and take breaks to cool off to avoid heat-related illness and injury. We will keep you updated on further developments as they happen.