Chris Kamara has bravely opened up about suffering from a speech disorder after he appeared to slur his words on Soccer Saturday.
The jovial broadcaster was reporting on Rotherham United’s 3-0 League One defeat to Shrewsbury Town when he struggled with his speech. Fans then took to social media to voice their concern and ask the legendary reporter about his well-being.
Kamara, who has been with Sky Sports for nearly 30 years, later addressed the incident by revealing it was down to a speech problem he has developed. The 64-year-old said it occurred as a result of his well-known thyroid problem, which he vowed to fight.
He wrote on Twitter: “Just wanted to let a few of you know who tweeted me today that I am ok ish. Alongside my Thyroid problem I have developed Apraxia of Speech & have been working to get my speech back to normal. Some days it can be a little slow and some days it’s normal. Hopefully I can beat this!”
Fans, friends and colleagues responded by immediately sending ‘Kammy’ their support. Monday Night Football and Super Sunday presenter David Jones wrote: “You’re a hero to me and so many others Kammy, sending love,” while fellow journalist Guillem Balague tweeted: “You are strong, you will beat it, Chris!!”
Kamara explained last year that he was suffering from an underactive thyroid, wherein one’s thyroid gland doesn’t make enough crucial hormones to meet the body’s needs.
He said: “After the blood test I had, I’ve got an underactive thyroid. I’m suffering with a swollen tongue which causes you to slur your words, slows down, not your thoughts because the thoughts are there, but transferring those thoughts to the mouth to get you to talk coherently.
“All that sort of stuff. Feeling cold, even warm days you’re shivering and cold, weakness, muscle fatigue, tiredness…”
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