Lisa Guerrero’s “Monday Night Football” nightmare was much worse than most people knew.
Guerrero revealed to The Post’s Andrew Marchand in 2021 that she dealt with suicidal thoughts after facing a slew of jeers in her first season on the sidelines of MNF in 2003. Now, in a new memoir titled “Warrior,” the 58-year-old has revealed she suffered a miscarriage during a match near the end of that season.
People who know what’s going on [my boss] Freddy (Godelli) who read how I was treated in the media actually looked at me with such pity,” Guerrero told the people. “I was a shell of myself. And I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that the last thing I was going to say was, ‘Oh, and by the way, I just had a miscarriage. ‘ Most of my closest friends will learn about that by reading the book.”
“I don’t blame one person for this. The miscarriage wasn’t because of Freddie, it wasn’t because of one talk show host or one bad column. It was the culmination of a whole season of negativity and cruelty. It was Is that true cruel.”
Gaudelli has spent the past 33 seasons producing NFL games. He worked with Guerrero at ABC. He left for the “Sunday Night Football” job at NBC in 2006, and also oversaw Amazon’s “Friday Night Football” package this season. Earlier this month, Peter King mentioned that Gaudelli is stepping aside for a “less crazy” executive production role with NBC and Amazon.
Guerrero tells PEOPLE that Gaudelli berated her for broadcast errors, which “overshadowed everything else.” [parts] of my life – great job, lots of money, and a great fiancé.}
Godelli disagreed with Guerrero’s assessment of how he treated her.
“I’ve always tried to be Lisa’s biggest advocate, starting from the moment I hired her,” Godelli told The Post. “Her memory of that season and mine are very different. This is the first time I have learned of her pregnancy and I am sorry she struggled through that difficult time without the full support of the team around her.
“I categorically disagree with Lisa’s account of the nature of my interactions with her. This is not how I remember our time together during her tenure at the MNF, and it makes me very sad.”
In her interview with PEOPLE, Guerrero described the moment she learned she had suffered a miscarriage.
“I pressed and did my reports,” Guerrero said. “When I felt the wetness between my legs, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got my period.'” Then I remembered I was pregnant. I was having a miscarriage! I felt blood leaking. The officials’ bathroom was in the tunnel behind me. “I’m going to the bathroom,” I told my assistant, whose job it was to race with me on the field. “He looked at me like I was crazy.” to throw you.”
“I gave my direct report. I felt dizzy and nauseous but I reminded myself to stand up straight. During our phone calls on Wednesday, Freddy was getting me out of a bad situation. The pain was excruciating. I heard myself mispronouncing the player’s name and knew I’d hear about it later. Once I was done, I raced to meet a trainer. Then headed to the bathroom. As I sat on the toilet, I couldn’t believe the blood gushing out of me. I soaked my pants. I shoved a bunch of paper towels into my underwear.”
She said she kept the ordeal a secret while on her way home.
“It never occurred to me to tell anyone,” she continued. “It never occurred to me that maybe I should have gone to the hospital or at least sit out the rest of the game. The only thought that occurred to me was that I could get through the rest of the game as long as I had my long winter coat on. That way, no one would see the blood. It was It’s like you’re on autopilot Go back to the sideline Meet the coach Listen to Freddy’s directions
“When the game was over, I was supposed to go to the production van to talk to Freddy. Instead, I headed to the plane. In the bathroom.” [on board]I changed my clothes and threw my underwear and panties in the trash. I looked in the mirror and did not recognize the pale, thin, frightened and very tired woman who stared at me again.