Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop suffered a concerning collapse while live on air, covering the Real Madrid vs. AC Milan match in California. The 54-year-old Premier League star was fulfilling his role as an analyst for US broadcaster ESPN when he suddenly appeared unwell. Alongside fellow presenter Dan Thomas, Hislop stumbled backward before falling face-first to the ground, prompting immediate action from the crew.
As the situation unfolded, Thomas quickly called for help, and the channel cut to a commercial break to address the distressing incident. Soon after, ESPN provided an update through a tweet, reassuring viewers that Shaka Hislop was “conscious and talking.” Medical assistance was promptly administered to him.
The incident occurred amidst a sweltering California temperature, reportedly around 30C, adding to the seriousness of the situation. Extreme weather conditions can pose risks, especially during physically demanding activities.
In a halftime update, Thomas provided further information, stating that Hislop was conscious and talking, while also acknowledging the former goalkeeper’s humility and reluctance for attention. The presenter shared that Hislop had apologized profusely for the incident.
Thomas also reached out to Hislop’s family, understanding how witnessing such an event live could be distressing for loved ones. He assured viewers that they had spoken to Hislop’s wife, and the situation was looking positive.
Hislop’s football career was notable, with two stints at West Ham from 1998-2002 and 2005-2006, as well as playing for Newcastle and representing Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage.
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