The episode occurred just a few minutes before the start of the match. As the camera focused on Hislop and his co-presenter Dan Thomas, Hislop stumbled forward, colliding with Thomas before falling to the ground. Thomas reacted quickly and called for help from medical personnel before the broadcast ended a commercial break.
Shortly after this disturbing incident, commentator Adrian Healey reassured viewers of Hislop’s well-being. “I didn’t witness the incident, but it was certainly worrying. We have received definitive confirmation that Shaka is fine,” he said during the match broadcast.
Co-presenter Dan Thomas took to Twitter to share the news that Hislop was conscious and under the care of medical professionals, much to the relief of worried viewers. While it was still too early for a full medical diagnosis, Thomas assured fans that Hislop was responsive and communicative.
Shaka is aware. The doctors take care of him.
— Dan Thomas (@DanThomasESPN) July 24, 2023
“We have also been in contact with Shaka’s family, who are understandably distressed by the live broadcast of the incident. We managed to speak to his wife, and it seems things are looking positive,” Thomas added.
Dan Thomas gave an update on Shaka Hislop’s condition.
Shaka is “conscious and talking” and has been treated by doctors 🙏 pic.twitter.com/B3mlEsxUfw
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 24, 2023
A towering figure in the world of football, Hislop had a stellar 15-year career as a professional goalkeeper, playing for clubs such as Newcastle United and West Ham. His illustrious career also includes being part of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national team during the 2006 World Cup. Following his retirement in 2007 after one season with FC Dallas, Hislop has remained a respected voice in the soccer community.