Curt Schilling’s recent Twitter post has gained the attention of many in the world of Little League Baseball. The former Major League athlete shared an anti-Muslim message that compared the group to Nazis.
Schilling’s accuracy is questionable, and the comparison was deemed too offensive. The message was accompanied by a picture of Adolph Hitler before he deleted it.
“It’s said that only 5 to 10 [percent] of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7 [percent] of Germans were Nazis. How [did] that go? The math is staggering when you get to true [numbers].”
Not even celebrity trainwreck Amanda Bynes made comparisons that horrible, but like Schilling, she deleted the tweets shortly after. The She’s the Man star was diagnosed with a serious mental illness and is now being carefully watched by her family and occasionally making public appearances. Curt Schilling was a commentator for school children’s baseball and has no such excuse for his behavior.
The comparison posed in Curt Schilling’s Twitter post made his employers at ESPN nervous enough about what he might say during a game that it resulted in his indefinite suspension.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Schilling has been known to be outspoken both on and off the big diamond, but his personal views went too far in that tweet. According to Fox News, Curt Schilling had previously taken to Twitter to expose other users who had threatened to sexually assault his daughter. That had been following his announcement that she had been accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.
— CNN (@CNN) August 26, 2015
Freedom of speech only applies to Congress, not employers. As CNN states, employers in most states have the right to fire you for any reason other than race, religion, or disability.
Curt was made aware of his mistake and quickly posted a retraction to his social media statement.
“Free speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences as I was so adamant on earlier this year. I’m going to be suspended for the tweet earlier today… I made a mistake on a few levels. And my boss didn’t like it. No one to blame but myself. Time to move on.”
Though ESPN, owned by Disney, hasn’t stated that Schilling may be fired, his previous behavior on social media has gotten him in trouble before. At one point, he had gotten into an argument with his boss on the theory of evolution, and it resulted in him getting his Twitter account suspended.
Do you think Curt Schilling’s Twitter post will get him fired, or will ESPN give him another chance?
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