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Another day, another disrespectful comment hurled at a black person. This time the racially-charged commentary was directed at tennis legend Venus Williams. While she was giving her all during a performance at the Australian Open, an ESPN announcer described her stance on the court by comparing it to a gorilla’s. No words.


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As reported by The Grio, ESPN announcer Doug Adler compared Venus Williams to a gorilla as she was competing in a tennis match against Stefanie Voegele. Adler was heard saying, “She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in (and) put the gorilla effect on. Charging,”

The backlash that Adler received, especially on social media, was extreme and deserved. How many times are people going to continue to refer to black people as some sort of animal? This is a highly offensive, highly racist and a downright ignorant practice that has gone on far too long.

Despite Williams’ numerous fans being totally irate, at press time Adler had not issued any form of apology, We here at HB continue to wish Venus Williams nothing but success on and off the court.

You can check out the clip of Adler’s comment BELOW:


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