ESPN commentator Adrian Healy said Sunday, after Hislop fell on air ahead of the Rose Bowl friendly between Milan and Madrid, that ESPN football analyst Shaka Hislop is “fine.”
“He’s recovered,” Healy said on ESPN’s broadcast of the game. “I didn’t see the incident, Casey[Healey’s co-commentator]but I’m sure it was unsettling. We were told in final terms that he was fine.”
Hislop’s ESPN colleague Dan Thomas tweeted earlier that Hislop was “conscious” and was being checked by paramedics. Thomas was speaking on the live broadcast when Heslop fell into it and then fell to the ground. Thomas immediately called for help and stopped airing the commercials.
Thomas appeared without Hislop in the first half and Provide an update on your co-hostsaying, “My mate Shaka is clearly not here, but as she is, that’s good news.”
“He’s conscious. He’s talking. I think he’s embarrassed about all this,” said Thomas. “I’m not a guy who people like to make a fuss about. Obviously it’s too early to make any kind of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Xhaka is conscious and we’ve also spoken to his family.
“As you can imagine, seeing it happen live, there can’t be a lot of things that could scare you between family members, but we’ve talked to his wife and things seem to be fine.”
Hislop is a former professional goalkeeper whose career spanned 15 years and included time with Newcastle United, West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth. He also played for England and his native Trinidad and Tobago. He was the goalkeeper for the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national team when the team appeared in its first FIFA World Cup match in 2006. Hislop was also the first Trinidad and Tobago World Cup player to be inducted into the country’s Sports Hall of Fame.
He retired from football in 2007 after a season in MLS with FC Dallas.
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