Curt Schilling Fired By ESPN Over Anti-Transgender Facebook Post


Schilling this week reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing.

When speaking about Schilling’s removal, ESPN made no qualms about sharing exactly why Schilling was released from his contract: discriminatory comments.

To that, Schilling added his own commentary about why he feels the men’s room is for men- and the women’s restroom is for women, adding “Now you need laws telling us differently?”

On Thursday, Palin’s post included a political cartoon chiding the backlash over bills – one recently became law in North Carolina – aimed at preventing transgender people from using restrooms that don’t match their gender at birth.

After Schilling posted an anti-transgender meme to his Facebook account, ESPN finally chose to terminate their relationship with the potential future Hall of Famer.

“Let’s make one thing clear right up front”, he wrote before ranting about his right to express his opinion.

At the time, Schilling said he’d made a “bad decision”.

In a blog post, Schilling explained his candor saying, “I’m loud” and “I talk too much”.

Schilling had been taken off of ESPN’s baseball coverage in September, after he shared a meme that compared extremism in today’s Muslim world to Nazi Germany in 1940.

In a post on his personal website, Schilling dismissed the reaction as people “who are just dying to be offended so you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind”.

The former All-Star pitcher had been employed at ESPN for over six years, and had appeared on Monday Night Baseball.

“I didn’t post that ugly looking picture”, he said of his repost, which he has since deleted.

“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 explained to the hosts. ESPN suspended Schilling, who wound up apologizing.

Schilling’s Icarian downfall is in contrast to the legend he built in Boston after the “bloody sock” game in the 2004 World Series, which led to the Red Sox winning the title for the first time in nearly 90 years.

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