Ex-ESPN Pundit's 'Venus Williams' Suit Heads To State Court

Law360, Los Angeles (March 22, 2017, 6:16 PM EDT) -- A former ESPN announcer’s suit claiming he was wrongly fired by the network and two executives for his misinterpreted “guerrilla” comment about Venus Williams' game manner will bounce back to state court after a California federal judge ruled Tuesday that ESPN didn’t establish the executives' Connecticut residency for invoking diversity jurisdiction.

ESPN Productions Inc. commentator Doug Adler contends in the wrongful termination suit he filed last month that he was not using the word “gorilla” to describe Williams' aggressive style of play during the 2017 Australian Open, as many observers believed him to have uttered while commenting on her match against Swiss...

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