Pasadena, California: In a concerning incident, former West Ham and Newcastle goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, collapsed on live TV while working as an analyst for ESPN before the Real Madrid and AC Milan friendly match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The incident occurred during the pre-match broadcast, as temperatures soared to over 30°C in the area. Hislop stumbled and fell forward to the ground, prompting ESPN to quickly cut away from the scene, while his co-presenter, Dan Thomas, immediately called for assistance.
As fears grew for Hislop’s well-being, a positive update was later provided on his condition. During the half-time update, Thomas shared, “My mate, Shaka, not here, but 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 apologised profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him. Obviously far too early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka’s conscious and we spoke to his family as well, because you imagine seeing that happen live.”
Shaka Hislop, 54, is a well-known figure in football, having played 132 times across two spells for West Ham, from 1998 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006. The former goalkeeper also represented Trinidad and Tobago in international football, earning 26 caps. During his career, Hislop had stints with Reading, Newcastle, and Portsmouth before concluding his playing days in the MLS with FC Dallas.
While the exact cause of Hislop’s collapse remains unknown, the scorching temperatures during the broadcast raise concerns about the potential impact on the health of individuals working outdoors or attending events.
As the situation develops, fans and the football community at large are eagerly awaiting further updates on Shaka Hislop’s condition and wishing him a swift and full recovery.
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