Middlesbrough fans unveiled a banner in support of their former player Chris Kamara after the 64-year-old revealed he appears like a ‘fraud’ due to his battle with speech apraxia. The previous midfielder was born within the town and had a spell on loan on the club in 1993 before occurring to forge a hugely successful profession as a pundit on Sky Sports.
Earlier this week, Kamara appeared on Steven Bartlett’s ‘Diary of a CEO’ podcast to debate his battle with speech apraxia and a separate thyroid issue that he suffers from. The condition causes the Englishman to slur a few of his words and he cannot all the time get his words out within the order or way he intends.
It’s a neurological issue which suggests the brain knows what it desires to say however the pathways to achieve this are sometimes blocked. The condition has had a profound effect on Kamara who’s remembered by so many because the energetic presence on popular Sky Sports goals show Soccer Saturday, affectionately becoming generally known as ‘Kammy’.
He struck up a sensational bond with host Jeff Stelling with the pair exchanging insults and banter for twenty-four years with Kamara’s phrase ‘unbelievable Jeff’ becoming a preferred meme on Twitter. Now, fans in his home town have publically displayed their support for Kammy as they displayed a banner during their 0-0 draw at home to Rotherham United.
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“It appears like someone is taking up my voice box. The voice that used to return out would come out at 300 miles per hour – you’ve seen me on the outcomes and Soccer Saturday, motor mouth, not even waiting for a breath, just keep going. Now once I hear myself or see myself on TV, it’s another person. It’s strange, it’s really strange.
“Some days the message from the brain to the mouth is basically slow, which makes it difficult, or some days the words come out different to what you’re attempting to say, and that’s even weirder. That’s been hard to just accept, and still hard to just accept.”