Former Trinidad and Tobago international and Premier League goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, left footie fans in shock after fainting live on air during a sports broadcast for US broadcaster ESPN. The incident occurred while covering a friendly match between Real Madrid and AC Milan in California.
As Hislop was asked a question during a pre-match pitchside interview, he stumbled and fell to the ground, prompting immediate concern from his colleague, presenter Dan Thomas, who called for medical assistance. The broadcast quickly shifted to a commercial break to address the situation.
While temperatures in Pasadena, California reached around 30 degrees on Sunday, it remains unclear whether the heat contributed to Hislop’s collapse.
During the halftime interval of the match, Dan Thomas provided an update on Hislop’s health, which fortunately brought some relief to worried viewers. He assured the audience that Hislop was conscious and talking, and although it was too early to determine the cause, Hislop’s family had been informed and were in contact.
The incident sparked an outpouring of concern on social media, with many viewers expressing their hope for Hislop’s well-being and a quick recovery. Organizations like Men in Blazers also extended their support to Shaka Hislop and the ESPN team, acknowledging the intensity of the situation and sending their best wishes.
Shaka Hislop had an illustrious career as a goalkeeper, representing his country Trinidad and Tobago 26 times. He made numerous appearances in the Premier League, playing for West Ham, Newcastle United, Portsmouth, and Reading. His career concluded with US side FC Dallas before retiring.
As fans, colleagues, and the football community hold their breath, they remain hopeful for positive updates on Shaka Hislop’s condition. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of health and safety in the sports industry, emphasizing the need to prioritize well-being above all else.