Curt Schilling, the former three-time World Series Champion, has been fired by ESPN for reposting a meme which is widely interpreted as anti-transgender on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” the sports network said in a statement Wednesday, terminating the services of the 2001 World Series Co-MVP who severed as a high-profile baseball analyst since 2010.
Curt Schilling has strong views…
Schilling’s FB post portrayed a male character (a transgender) wearing a wig and women’s clothing, accompanied by the caption: “Let him in! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
Schilling added the following comment below the meme: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.” As expected, the post and meme were swiftly removed from Schilling’s FB page. However, they were captured by many in a screen shot. Check below.
This isn’t the first time Schilling has landed himself in a world of trouble. Earlier this year, Schilling violated ESPN’s guidelines for election coverage/issues by stating that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere” during an interview. At the time, ESPN let go off the controversy and allowed Schilling to continue as the primary analyst on its popular “Monday Night Baseball” broadcast.
New York Times summed it up the best: “It was the latest in a number of commentaries by Schilling on social media that have drawn controversy. He was suspended for a month after he posted a comment on Twitter in August that compared radical Muslims to Nazis.”
In the midst of yet another storm, Schilling appeared on WEEI radio Wednesday to defend himself. “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,” said the baseball legend, before adding that the meme was posted by someone else and he was merely replying to it.
Curt Schilling will find it hard to land another job in broadcasting. On the bright side, he could always offer his views on politics without being pulled up by an employer.