BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.
The network released a statement Wednesday saying, “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, Of Huntington Beach Arrested Thursday In Connection To Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot
Schilling had been with ESPN since 2010.
On Monday, Schilling, 49, reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing. It included the phrase: “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 his own comments, saying, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Schilling was apparently referring to laws in several states that restrict bathroom access to transgender people.
Earlier Wednesday, Schilling defended the post on his blog, saying he was expressing his opinion and those criticizing him are frauds.
This isn’t the first time that Schilling has been in hot water with the network for comments he made online.
The former “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst was pulled by ESPN from a major league game and the network’s coverage of the Little League World Series last fall after he retweeted a post that compared Muslims and Nazi-era Germans.READ MORE: DUI Suspect Arrested In Deadly Traffic Collision That Killed 2 People On 110 Freeway In South LA Sunday
ESPN said the tweet was “unacceptable,” but kept him on board.
At the time, Schilling said he’d made a “bad decision.”
KCAL9’s Tom Wait spoke to Cyd Zeiger co-founder of Outsports.com.
He broke the story about Schilling’s transgender tirade and isn’t lamenting the firing.
“That image was grotesque and he should have been fired for posting that,” Zeiger said.
“If Curt Schilling had responded to the criticism with contrition and apology and a desire to learn more, maybe he wouldn’t be without a job right now. But instead he blamed the victims, blamed the media,” Zeiger said.
Wait noted that there was irony in Schilling attacking the transgender community.
Schilling’s own daughter was attacked with crude sexual comments online when she got accepted to a college softball team – Schilling spoke out saying women need to stand up and reject offensive attacks made by men.MORE NEWS: LAPD Report On Echo Park Protest Says Better System For Tracking Projectiles And Dealing With Independent Journalists Needed
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