Curt Schilling fired by ESPN after latest controversial foray into social media

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ESPN Fires Curt Schilling

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has been fired by ESPN from his role as baseball analyst after his latest controversial foray into social media, the company announced on Wednesday.

The move comes after Schilling shared a Facebook post in response to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their gender of birth.

Here is a screencap of the post which has been deleted, via Outsports. Schilling included the following 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."

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In announcing the termination, ESPN called Schilling's conduct "unacceptable" in a blunt, 2-sentence 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 had previously been suspended by ESPN for posting a meme on Twitter that read "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?"

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FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, baseball broadcast analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling watches as the Red Sox workout at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to ban chewing tobacco in sports venues across the city. The mayor is expected to discuss a proposed new ordinance Wednesday, Aug. 5. Public health officials, advocates, local youth and Schilling are expected to attend. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Baseball analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling watches as infielders take batting practice at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla., Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 27: Former Major League Baseball player Curt Schilling speaks with the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling walks with his son, Garrett, onto the infield at Fenway Park prior to a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Red Sox honored the 2004 World Series team prior to the game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
MEDFIELD, MA - JULY 19: Curt Schilling, coach of the Drifters, a 16-and-under girls softball team, catches his daughter Gabby at Shonda Schilling Field in Medfield. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 12: Curt Schilling and his and Randy Johnson's children before the Major League Baseball Century 21 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park on July 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 02: Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Curt Schilling, accompanied by son Gehrig, speaks at news conference at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Ariz., a day before his team faces the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the World Series. The Yanks hold a series lead of 3-2. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2007 file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling listens to a reporter's question in Boston during a fundraiser for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity run by Schilling and his wife Shonda Schilling. Schilling says he has "some interest" in running for the late Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat. The longtime Republican supporter wrote Wednesday Sept. 2, 2009 on his blog that while his family and gaming company are priorities, he does have some interest in a campaign. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
RANDOLPH, MA - JULY 7: Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spends a moment with his son Garrison Schilling, left, while at Showcase Cinemas in Randolph. He was at a charity event to support his wife's Shonda's Shade Foundation. Shonda, a melanoma survivor launched the foundation with the mission of reducing future cases of skin cancer by educating children about sun safety. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
RANDOLPH, MA - JULY 7: Shonda Schilling hands out sunscreen as part of a of her Shade Foundation work. Shonda, a melanoma survivor launched the foundation with the mission of reducing future cases of skin cancer by educating children about sun-safety.She and her family were at Showcase Cinemas in Randolph. They were greeting kids before the start of the movie Charlotte's Web. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: Shonda Schilling gets a giant hug from her husband, Curt Schilling, after finishing the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon while one of her sons waits to congratulate her as well. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 28: Before the game, the Red Sox honored the tenth anniversary of the 2004 World Series Championship team. Pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as he walks in from left field. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Atlanta Braves in an interleague MLB game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL - AUGUST 1: Mass Drifters Coach Curt Schilling, right, and his wife, Shonda, on the Mass Drifters bench at the USSA Girls Fastpitch World Series II. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling #38 sits with his wife, Shonda Schilling, while being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Former professional baseball player Curt Schilling (L) and wife Shonda Schilling attend 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration at IAC Building on November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
BOSTON - MARCH 30: Shonda and Curt Schilling sign copies of her book, 'The Best Kind of Different,' in Barnes & Noble, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The book is about their son with Asperger's Syndrome. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 25: An emotional Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the game in the sixth inning. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (Photo by Robert Caplin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox, left, gives up the ball to manager Terry Francona after being pulled from pitching against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (Photo by Jon Mahoney/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2004, file photo, blood appears around the right ankle of Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in Boston. Schilling, whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year, is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during that game. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
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At the time, Schilling accepted his suspension, tweeting "100% my fault," and calling it a bad choice.

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I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.

However, on Tuesday, Schilling addressed his critics on his personal blog in which he seemed to back-track from that apology and defended his most recent controversy.

And for you people too dense to understand this one very important thing. My opinion, 100% mine, and only mine. I don't represent anyone but myself here, on facebook, on twitter, anywhere.

  1. The meme the world decided to rally behind that I posted months ago. The meme that some of you clowns and more of you spineless looking to be offended folks turned into something it was not. Every one of you gutless cowards, when 'calling me out' or calling me a racist, every one of you left out the only word in that entire meme that mattered. You had to, otherwise you'd have had to go elsewhere to find offense and create something out of nothing. Let me help you now. All of you fraudulent media folks, you lazy ass "don't actually want to work for a story" clowns. The word you left out? the ONLY word that mattered? EXTREMIST. That word being omitted creates two completely different posts with two very different meanings. I don't dislike or hate Muslims, or people of the Islamic faith. Ask my friends that are both. But then again you all knew that, but when you omit the word extremist you create a person that doesn't exist and have a story with traction, even if it is a complete lie.
  2. 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.

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