Former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst Curt Schilling was fired by the network after a series of controversial and prejudiced social media posts, but the man is not going down without a fight.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Patriot Forum, a known conservative talk show, Schilling commented on how many members of ESPN’s on-air talent made racist comments and he is being made an example of.
“Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN,” Schilling said. “They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”
Schilling also commented how ESPN often caved to “the liberal agenda” and sent out a memo to all talent asking them to stick to sports talk and nothing else, but didn’t do anything when Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS or Stephen A. Smith said that Robert Griffin III was benched by the Washington Redskins for racial reasons.
“You listen to Stephen A. Smith, and Stephen A. Smith was the guy who said that Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he’s black. No, Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he [stunk]. … Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS. I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics. But I don’t care. It’s OK. I think those conversations need to happen. But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports,” Schilling said.
I’m sorry, but Curt Schilling’s comments are just ridiculous. You don’t tweet out something that is anti-Islam and then something anti-transgender and expect to be let off with a slap on the wrist just because your views are your own. Sure, being conservative is fine if that’s what you believe, but there are some opinions that are best kept to oneself especially if one is a public figure who appears on television regularly. Had Schilling stayed on, it would have looked like ESPN endorsed his views and sponsorships may have been lost.
Simply put, Schilling needs to admit that he may have crossed the line instead of throwing more lit matches at the bridge between himself and ESPN.
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