After former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling shared a meme on Twitter in which he devalued a sector of the religion of Islam, ESPN abruptly stepped in and demoted Schilling, removing him as commentator for the Little League World Series.
Consequently, Schilling expunged that record from his account, later apologizing to several users, yet also pointing out he was “falsely accused” and that the correlation was misinterpreted.
“Free speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences as I was so adamant on earlier this year. Applies to everyone. I’m going to be suspended for the tweet earlier today, whether you agree or not that is how the system is supposed to work. I made a mistake on a few levels. And my boss didn’t like it. No one to blame but myself. Time to move on.”
ESPN’s P.R. staff had this to say about Schilling (via Deadspin):
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Last year, Curt Schilling insulted evolution and his choice of words would most certainly not be supported by Charles Darwin:
The last strands of Schilling’s evolutionary rant can be seen on here.
While Schilling is exiled from the LLWS, ESPN also looks suspicious in permitting the ill-educated broadcaster to be on Baseball Tonight, as well as co-hosting Sunday Night Baseball.
Note: ESPN will terminate Colin Cowherd on his racial rant about a demographic in baseball, but won’t release a figure, who has constant run-ins with staggered, poorly-constructed views on science and religion?
Where’s the discipline, ESPN?