Last year, ESPN suspended baseball commentator and former all-star pitcher Curt Schilling for a Tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.
Shortly after the post appeared, he wrote on his own blog: “Let’s make one thing clear right upfront. If you get offended by ANYTHING in this post, that’s your fault, all yours. This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of men’s and women’s restrooms, period.”
To add insult to injury, today he took to WEEI radio in Boston, where he resides, to defend himself by denying, well, everything.
“To be in a place where people actually believe I’m a racist or I’m transphobic says to me that something has gone horribly askew somewhere,” he said.
ESPN had heard enough.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the company said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
While Schilling clearly cares who goes into which bathroom, he has seemed more sanguine about what goes on in the privacy of bedrooms. In a series of Tweets in 2013, the pitching great said:
I’ve never understood this ‘issue’ with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much… to do with how they hit with [a runner in scoring position], or pitched in late and close situations.
Why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?
Schilling’s most passionate supporter was his own 16-year-old son, Grant, who insisted on Facebook that his father would never say the things he has said publicly in the privacy of their own home:
Ladies and Gentleman, today it’s come to my attention my father Curt Schilling has been slandered as a “transphobic bigot.” And while I will say he’s not the most well informed in the modern LGBT+ culture, i can assure you he’s made great strides to understand people today. If he were a bigot he wouldn’t have allowed my Trans friends to stay over, he’s respected pronouns and name changes- never once have I heard him say something to me that I thought he should keep quiet about. he’s said a lot of things he didn’t know we’re offensive but then again I can guarantee that thousands of people every day say stuff that’s offensive without even knowing it. I hope you can all understand that he and I have talked even today about Trans culture in America and he’s even talked about how he doesn’t understand it, to which I’ve tried to explain it to him and he’s listened very closely.
For the people trying to portray my father as a transphobic bigot you aren’t helping the community at all by making enemies. If you were really a part of our community- rather than try and start lies you’d educate or at least try and get him to understand.
He may say some stupid things but in this instance he’s said nothing. Leave him be.