Legendary Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was fired recently from his $2.5 million job for a controversial tweet about North Carolina’s transgender bathroom bill.
After being fired last month for sharing a Facebook post in response to the controversial North Carolina law barring transgender people from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, Schilling called the decision a bad choice, noting that it was “100% my fault.”
After he left, ESPN issued this statement, “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.
Schilling hasn’t been shy about exposing their hypocrisy as a network. He was out blasting ESPN again this week on NBC Sports’ “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday,
“The only irony in this for me is that a company that is outwardly bigoted and intolerant is calling itself inclusive,” Schilling told host Dan Patrick.
Schilling gave a memo as an example. It was sent out to ESPN employees asking them not to discuss political issues. He added that when other on-air personalities made anti-Republican or or anti-conservative comments, no punishment resulted:
They sent out memos, “Listen, we want our sports people on-air talent to stick to sports, stay away from politics and the other stuff.” …
The next thing, Stephen A. Smith tells the world Robert Griffin can’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he is black, not because he sucks, which it was because he sucks.
Then you got [Dan] Le Batard and you got Tony Kornheiser comparing the Tea Party to ISIS.
So, I think what the memo meant to say was, “If you’re not liberal and you’re not a Democrat, do not stray from sports.” …
The other thing that really jumped out at me was people would talk — you know, the green room where everybody hangs out, it’s the ESPN version of the locker room — a lot of times people would be like, they would come up to me and whisper, “Hey man, I’m with ya, I’m a Republican,” as if we were the secret card-carrying members of some group that couldn’t be, the “those who shall not be named.” The inclusiveness is inclusive as long as you are pointing in the same direction.
Listen to the interview here: