Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox great and now ESPN analyst — for the moment, anyway — is on fire yet again with his bosses at ESPN, this time over inflammatory remarks the former pitcher made about democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
As The Sporting News reports, Schilling was giving an interview to a Kansas City radio station on Tuesday night when the discussion moved from baseball to politics. Specifically, the hosts asked Schilling, an outspoken conservative, for his thoughts about Hillary Clinton and her ongoing email controversy (Clinton sent several emails, some containing classified information, over her private server rather than State Department secure servers). Here’s what Schilling had to say.
“If I’m going to believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
Schilling was referring to former CIA Director General David Petraeus, who exchanged classified information with his biographer (with whom he was also having an extramarital affair), and who later pleaded guilty a criminal charges of mishandling classified information, according to ABC News.
Needless to say, Schilling’s political comments have caught the attention of his bosses at ESPN, although as of this writing it is not clear what disciplinary action, if any, ESPN will take.
This is not the first time Schilling has made controversial political statements. In fact, political controversy seems to go almost hand-in-hand with Schilling. The outspoken conservative, who has campaigned for George W. Bush and John McCain, often posts memes on social media praising things he values as a conservative: respect for the military, for example.
Thank you pic.twitter.com/YWJzhgxWOT
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 22, 2016
However, as Sporting News writer Cory Collins notes, some of Schilling’s memes veer into the offensive — if you’re a liberal that is. Collins also opines that many of them are “loosely based in fact, largely based in Christian, neoconservative fears.”
In fact, an inflammatory social media post got Schilling into trouble with his ESPN bosses last summer. Schilling was covering the Little League World Series, according to this Inquisitr report, when he took some time to post his thoughts on Islam. In a Twitter post, which has since been taken down, Schilling posted a meme that compared Muslims to Nazis.
“It’s said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7 percent of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
Schilling also captioned the meme with his own commentary.
“The math is staggering when you get to tre #’s.” The meme won’t be published in this post, but you can see it here, via The Blaze, if you’d like.
Even though he only left the post up for a few minutes, and even backtracked from the statement while discussing it with fellow Twitter users, ESPN suspended Schilling from the remainder of the baseball season and the post season, according to Fox News.
“Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations, nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company.”
Although ESPN hasn’t yet taken any disciplinary action against Curt Schilling, as of this writing, it appears that Curt expects to be disciplined by the network for his Clinton remarks. As MSN reports, Schilling and another Facebook user discussed his remarks Wednesday night, and Schilling seemed resigned to the fact that ESPN is going to take action.
“If it is that big a deal to anyone at ESPN then ya, I would assume they will take action.”
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