Curt Schilling has officially been fired by ESPN. The organization released the following post on their website on April 20:
"ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."
Curt Schilling fails again on social media. At this point he just can't seem to help himself...
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst just keeps stepping in it. The most recent uproar surrounding Schilling centers around this Facebook activity (which has since been removed):
Prior to this, he was suspended by ESPN for a month at the end of the last baseball season for an anti-Muslim tweet and his subsequent chatter surrounding it.
I get it: there is a butt for every seat. Schilling has the right to his opinion and no one is obligated to agree with him. The man has the right under the Constitution of the United States to speak his mind. That being said, there are certain things an individual has to pay attention to. Being a public figure working for a major sports network comes with a price: people will hold you accountable for the things you say and do and will many times misconstrue what may have been said or intended, regardless of your rights. As individuals we are responsible for what we put out into the world.
He responded to the uproar around his most recent controversy via his blog: 38pitches. In his post, Schilling fires shots at those who are offended by the controversial post and does own the fact that he does not claim to speak for anyone other than himself. He states:
"I’m loud, I talk too much, I think I know more than I do, those and a billion other issues I know I have. Like everyone of you I have flaws, but I’m ok with my flaws, they’re what make me, me. I thank the Lord for the life I’ve been given. A life interspersed and occupied by men and women who are gay, by people of all races and religions, by men and women who dress as the other, by men and women who’ve changed to women and men. Not one decision I’ve ever made about a person has anything to do with those things I just mentioned, nor will it ever."
He also states that he merely commented on the Facebook post that has caused such an uproar:
" This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period."
"There are things I have deeply held beliefs in, things I have that are core to who I am, things I am passionate about. If you ask me about them it’s likely I’ll give you a passionate answer, whether you like that answer or not is completely up to you. I am not going to give you answers to make sure you like what I say, let the rest of the insecure world do that."
Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch posted the following Tweet regarding ESPN's response to the issue:
ESPN just sent over a statement on Curt Schilling: "We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it."
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 20, 2016
At the end of the day we all need to learn the lesson: If we put something out there that is controversial, we cannot get upset when it comes back to us. Don't lie down in the street and cry when you get hit by a truck.