LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Shaka Hislop, an ESPN soccer expert and former goalkeeper, alarmed viewers on Sunday when he unexpectedly passed out while reporting live on the friendly match between AC Milan and Real Madrid.
Hislop, who later in his career played professionally in both Europe (most notably with Newcastle United and West Ham United) and the United States with FC Dallas, was seen wobbling on the field before he collapsed near colleague reporter Dan Thomas.
Considering that the entire episode was shown live on television, it was only natural for spectators to worry for Hislop’s health.
“Much love to Shaka Hislop and all at ESPN tonight. Terrifying to witness. Wishing all stegnth and a speedy return to health for the big man,” Twitter account Men In Blazers wrote.
“Oh my god. Shaka Hislop has just passed out live on the ESPN broadcast of AC Milan vs Real Madrid. Absolutely terrifying. They’ve just cut to break. Prayers up,” Kyle Bonn of Sporting News shared.
Another fan commented, “Positive thoughts going out to Shaka Hislop. Hoping it’s just the heat.” While a second supporter added, “Prayers for Shaka Hislop. He just passed out live on the ESPN broadcast of AC Milan vs Real Madrid…”
Dan Thomas’ update reports that Shaka Hislop is “conscious” and that “the medics are looking after him.” More details about the frightening situation were offered by ESPN announcer Adrian Healey, who also said that Hislop “has recovered.”
“I didn’t see the incident … but I’m sure it was an alarming one. We’ve been told in definitive terms that he is OK,” Healey furthered during ESPN’s broadcast of the match, via The Athletic.
The fact that Hislop is okay is more significant than knowing what caused his fall. We’re hoping to see him back as soon as possible.