Curt Schilling fires back at ESPN over dismissal

Curt Schilling Goes On Social Media Rant After Being Fired From ESPN

Curt Schilling didn't wait long to fire back at ESPN after his dismissal from the network over transphobic comments he made on Facebook.

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"I'll always love talking about pitching," Schilling told Sirius XM's Breitbart News Daily host Stephen Bannon on Friday. "I thought I was good at it. But at a company where the rules are different based completely and solely on your perspective and your beliefs, it didn't work. They didn't like that."

ESPN on Wednesday fired Schilling from his role as an analyst on its Monday-night Major League Baseball broadcast following comments he wrote on Facebook. Those comments appeared to respond to critics of recent laws passed in North Carolina and other states restricting transgender men and women from using the public restrooms of their preference. Schilling earlier in the week shared a post featuring an image of a man in a wig with his breasts exposed, captioned, "LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die."

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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)
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)
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)
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Schilling added the 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."

Speaking to Bannon, Schilling said, "I'm not transphobic, I'm not homophobic." He added, "As long as you're not sleeping with my wife, I don't care who you sleep with."

ESPN announced Schilling's termination Wednesday after first saying that it would review his social-media comments. "ESPN is an inclusive company," the network said in a statement. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."

Schilling had been previously reprimanded by the network for his social-media statements. He was suspended by ESPN last August for a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis, in which he wrote, "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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