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Jimmy The Greek Back in Hospital

April 14, 1988

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Jimmy ″The Greek″ Snyder, whose remarks about black athletes during a television interview cost him his CBS commentary job, is back in the hospital for tests and observation after complaining of chest pains.

The 70-year-old oddsmaker was in good condition, Miami Heart Institute spokeswoman Esther Saporito said Thursday.

Snyder, dismissed from ″NFL Today″ in January, said he woke up in his hotel room here Wednesday with chest pains.

″I don’t take any chances, the sooner they can do something for you the better,″ he said from his hospital bed. ″They (doctors) are just looking to see what they find.″

He said he was undergoing a series of tests, such as electrocardiograms, and hoped to be hospitalized ″no longer than the weekend.″ Snyder was hospitalized last July at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where examinations disclosed that an artery to his heart was blocked, and again shortly after his January firing.

Synder has stood by his controversial comments about the superiority of black athletes made on WRC-TV in Washington. He and others had been asked to comment about the progress of blacks in society in commemoration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Within two days of the interview, CBS fired the 12-year veteran of ″NFL Today.″ After his hospitalization in Durham, where he lives with his wife, Joan, Snyder took up residence alone at the posh, oceanfront Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach.

″I’ve been hiding there for 2 1/2 months and then this had to happen,″ said Snyder, adding that he didn’t feel ″too good right now.″

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