It has come to this: ESPN thinks Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, but Curt Schilling is a villain for calling out Muslim extremists. Really, ESPN?
Hall of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling has never been afraid to speak his mind on anything. On Tuesday, however, his opinion (expressed in a tweet) was just a little too truthful, and his employer, ESPN, suspended him over it. Schilling tweeted the image shown below, which compared Muslim extremists to Nazis:
Schilling then deleted the tweet soon after (it is not clear why), but NBC Sports writer Aaron Gleeman tweeted out a screenshot of it, as he seemed upset over the message. Soon after that, ESPN announced Schilling had been pulled from on-air duty:
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
“I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”
Obviously Schilling is taking the high road here to avoid a bigger controversy. Unfortunately, it seems ESPN is more than willing to take a stand (in the face of mass criticism) for a transgendered person, but caves to pressure when Twitter gets upset over a conservative speaking the truth. What happened to you, ESPN? For a sports channel, you have no balls.
To show your support for Curt Schilling, tweet with the hashtag #ISupportCurtSchilling