ESPN’s Shaka Hislop speaks after collapsing during live coverage of the Milan-Real Madrid friendly in LA, thanks everyone for their concern and saying he’s following doctors’ orders

  • Hyslop, 54, started reeling in the heat in the mid-80s
  • He posted a video on Monday saying he would seek medical advice
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ESPN commentator and former Premier League goalkeeper Xhaka Hislop has spoken for the first time since collapsing during a live broadcast in Los Angeles on Sunday.

’Well, that’s disgusting,’ a laughing Hislop said in a video posted on social media. 'What a 24 hours it has been.

Although the 54-year-old London native did not provide details on why he collapsed before the AC Milan-Real Madrid friendly at the Rose Bowl, Hislop appeared healthy a day after the incident.

’Listen, every time life gives you a moment to pause, this is mine,’ he continued. 'I have a lot to thank you for. To my wife, children, family, loved ones, friends, those with whom I have shared a space over the years and whom I have lost touch with for any reason and have been in direct or indirect contact, thank you.

Hislop was discussing Kylian Mbappe on the sidelines of a friendly on Sunday when he began to falter. The London native kept a smile on his face but soon lost his balance and came forward with broadcast partner Dan Thomas, who was visibly shaken.

Shaka Hislop has spoken for the first time since collapsing during a live broadcast on Sunday
Hyslop collapsed in the middle of Sunday night’s broadcast report from the Rose Bowl in CA.
The 54-year-old began to wobble before falling forward with broadcasting partner Dan Thomas

Thomas updated the fans at half-time, saying Hislop was awake, responsive and slightly uncomfortable.

’My answer now is to seek better medical advice and listen to my doctors,’ Hyslop said in a video released on Monday evening.

„Finally, I want to thank Don and the ESPN family, the camera operators, the medical staff at the Rose Bowl — everyone who responded the way they did and gave me the care I received. Thanks.

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’I know now that whether we argue or disagree, I have the full support of each and every one of you. I look forward to getting back to doing what I love so much. I’ll see you in a little while.’

Hislop played over 100 times for both Reading and West Ham during his career, representing Newcastle and Portsmouth before entering television following his retirement in 2007.

Hyslop’s collapse was followed by immediate concern on social media, including posts from his former clubs and concerned fans.

Born in England in 1969, Hislop played for the national team of Trinidad and Tobago. He started his career at Reading in 1992 and finished in the MLS with FC Dallas.

Hyslop was part of the Newcastle team that pushed Manchester United all the way in the title race in the 1995-96 season.

Hyslop began his career at Reading
He made 53 appearances for Newcastle
Hislop played for a number of Premier League clubs, including West Ham, during his illustrious career
He was part of the Newcastle team that came very close to winning the PL in 1995-96.
ESPN revealed Hislop was 'conscious’ and being checked by doctors following the collapse.

He then had two separate spells at West Ham from 1998-2002 and 2005-06.

The famous FA Cup final against Liverpool was Hislop’s final game for the Hammers, which went to penalties after going 3-1 down before the Steven Gerrard-inspired Reds won the shootout.

In addition to coaching goalkeepers at Quinnipiac College, Connecticut, he has worked as a soccer analyst for The Guardian and a commentator for ESPN FC.

Hislop is a cousin of American sprinter Natasha Hastings, who won Olympic gold in the 4X400 relay at the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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