ESPN fires analyst Curt Schilling after transphobic social media post
Thu 21 Apr 2016
Former All-Star pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling was dismissed from the network yesterday, after he posted offensive commentary on social media.
ESPN analyst since 2010, Schilling has most recently worked on live game broadcast ‘Monday Night Baseball.’ This week he drew strong criticism for a Facebook message in which he responded to the North Carolina transgender bathroom law which bans transgender people from entering public bathrooms which do not match their birth gender.
The Facebook post included an image of an overweight man in a wig and women’s clothing, exposing his chest. The transphobic post read: “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 shared it and added in a comment: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
In a statement responding to the incident ESPN said that it is an “inclusive company” and that Schilling had “been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Schilling has declined to comment.
This post comes as the latest in a slurry of controversial social network posts made by Schilling. In August last year, he had been suspended after a tweeting an ‘unacceptable’ comment which suggested extremist Muslims were comparable to Nazis. The post was accompanied by an image of Adolf Hitler.
Earlier this week, Schilling defended himself against claims of intolerance on a radio show in Boston. The former major league pitcher told the hosts: “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…”
Schilling further argued on his blog: “This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of men’s and women’s restrooms, period.”