ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling was finally dismissed by the network on Wednesday following some ridiculously immature disgustingly transphobic facebook activity. The facebook post, which has since been deleted, was screen-captured and subsequently shared by SB Nation’s Outsports on the site’s twitter feed:
This is ESPN’s Curt Schilling’s disgusting view of transgender people #HB2 https://t.co/7DKRXDL4GL
— Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
In a statement almost short enough to tweet, ESPN announced that they were giving Schilling the boot:
ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.
Schilling responded on his personal blog in a way that well, you’d expect the type of person who would share a transphobic meme to respond: with a lot of CAPS LOCK….
Let’s make one thing clear right up front. If you get offended by ANYTHING in this post, that’s your fault, all yours.
And for you people too dense to understand this one very important thing. My opinion, 100% mine, and only mine. I don’t represent anyone but myself here, on facebook, on twitter, anywhere.
All of you fraudulent media folks, you lazy ass “don’t actually want to work for a story” clowns. The word you left out? the ONLY word that mattered? EXTREMIST. That word being omitted creates two completely different posts with two very different meanings.
The tried and true “I have friends that are ‘X’ so how can I hate ‘X’?”…
I don’t dislike or hate Muslims, or people of the Islamic faith. Ask my friends that are both.
And of course, spelling errors…
This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.
This Was Not Schilling’s First Display Of Offensive Behavior.
Schilling was suspended by ESPN last summer for sharing a racist meme comparing Islam to Nazi ideology. The Worldwide Leader In Sports must have found that particularly offensive because Schilling had a prior history of spreading anti-Islamic imagery and cartoons on social media.
Despite an ESPN policy about publically discussing the candidates and their campaigns, Schilling — a Ben Carson campaign donor — told 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination should be buried alive:
“If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General [David] Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
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Curt Schilling is that social media friend or relative that you have who’s consistently posting cringeworthy remarks and insensitive memes, yet you haven’t pulled the trigger on “defriending” just yet. Maybe it’s because you see him a couple of times a year and you want to avoid the awkwardness. Perhaps you’re like me, and you just have a blanket policy against defriending, thinking if they haven’t blocked me yet, why should I block them?
Luckily for anyone who watches baseball with any regularity, ESPN finally defriended Curt Schilling. Here’s what our conservative friends habitually miss every time somebody loses their job for saying something racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or just generally offensive: freedoms of speech and expression protect you from state prosecution, not free market business decisions. An overwhelming majority of consumers simply don’t like to associate with bigots, why would a commercial enterprise give them a platform to insult their paying customers?
Schilling was an amazing pitcher. In two separate Octobers, 2001 and 2004, he broke this Yankee fan’s heart. I’ve publicly argued that he should be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve watched his broadcasts. He’s a brilliant baseball mind that’s probably forgotten more about pitching than most of us will ever know. But he’s a bigot.
In the almost 150 years of Major League Baseball, only fourteen men have accumulated more strikeouts than one Curtis Montague Schilling. He should know better than almost anyone else on the planet:
Three strikes and you’re out.