ESPN Uses the ‘Gorilla Effect’ and Drops Announcer Who Came for Venus Williams

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ESPN used the “gorilla effect” when it dropped tennis commentator Doug Adler from its Australian Open coverage and his remaining assignments after he compared Venus Williams’ play to that of a gorilla.


On Thursday, Alder used his “around-my-white-friends words” when attempting to describe Williams’ advantage in attacking Stefanie Voegele’s second serve. Watch below:

Alder claimed that he didn’t mean “gorilla” as in the primate but “guerrilla” as in ... umm ... GTFOH.

Alder needs to quit while he is behind.

ESPN told him that it doesn’t care how he meant it; it’s a wrap.

In a statement to the Associated Press, EPSN noted:

During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection. He apologized and we have removed him from his remaining assignments.

Now, that is the real gorilla effect—whatever the hell that is.