Surely Doug Adler will be fired after comparing Venus Williams to a gorilla?! #sick— Lana Angel Nadal (@Rafasgirlalways) January 19, 2017 Venus Williams (@WTA Twitter)An ESPN commentator has apologized for a remark he made about tennis player Venus Williams that led Twitter to demand he be fired. So far, the network has not done so, but it has removed him from further broadcasts.Doug Adler found himself in hot water over his description of Williams’ assertive playing style as she was on her way to beating Stefanie Voegele in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday, Jan. 18.“[Voegele] misses a first serve and Venus is all over her,” Adler said. “You see Venus move in and put the guerilla effect on. Charging.”The former tennis player clarified on Thursday, Jan. 19, that he was likening Williams’ approach to “guerilla” tactics, according to the Associated Press. He also said he “simply and inadvertently chose the wrong word to describe her play.”A statement issued to the AP by ESPN acknowledged the error but later revoked Adler’s reporting duties.“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,” the statement read.Williams emerged with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Voegele, but many viewers were stuck on Adler seeming to compare the seven-time Grand Slam winner to a primate. They called for him to lose his job because of it.ESPN commentator, Doug Adler, compared Venus Williams to a gorilla. He must be fired NOW!— Agent Provocateur (@De_Imperial) January 19, 2017 Your move @ESPNTennis @espn. That Doug Adler person needs to lose his job for being stupid & racist #VenusWilliams #AusOpen https://t.co/b5EA3FFRwf— Shashana (@Shashana80sKid) January 19, 2017Other viewers felt Adler meant “guerilla,” not “gorilla.”A tennis commentator just said “guerilla” in reference to Venus Williams’ play. Media will turn that into a racist “gorilla” statement watch— Tyler Keemer (@T_Keem) January 19, 2017 That’s not true. I’ve heard him call hundreds of matches, tv & radio. He meant Guerilla as in soldier bro. He loves Venus Williams. #tennis https://t.co/yVbwlzrFMx— Crackbillionair (@crackbillionair) January 19, 2017The Williams sisters are no strangers to this type of controversy. In 2012, when Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title, an ESPN sportswriter originally titled his headline, “Serena Rides Savage Serve to Title” before it was changed to “Serena Rides Huge Serve To Title.”Both Venus and Serena Williams were compared to men in 2014 by Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev. He deemed the championship-winning duo the “Williams brothers,” according to Atlanta Black Star.“I thought [his comments] were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time,” Serena said at the time. “I thought they were in a way bullying.“I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well … but the WTA and the USTA did a wonderful job of making sure that in this day and age … for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks,” Serena added, noting the $25,000 fine imposed on Tarpischev by the WTA.
March 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: KUSI Sports, padres, Petco Park, San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter Posted: March 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Padres Monday announced details of the team’s effort to cover more of Petco Park with protective netting aimed at making the ballpark safer for spectators.The netting will be installed to the end of Section 116 in left field and Section 115 in right field and have a maximum height of 24 feet before tapering down along the foul lines.The expanded netting plan was initially announced in September. All 30 Major League Baseball teams in February agreed to expand their netting to at least the far ends of both dugouts by the start of this season. The Padres’ plan exceeds those parameters, according to the team.“The security and well-being of our fans is our number one priority at Petco Park,” a Padres statement said. “We feel the new netting design drastically improves the safety of our patrons, while the state-of-the-art materials will have a minimal effect on the fan experience as it pertains to the view of the field and sight lines of our ballpark.”The netting is lightweight and dyed green in order to meet MLB guidelines to reduce visible impact of the barrier. KUSI Newsroom, Padres announce plans to extend protective netting at Petco Park