Former baseball star sacked by ESPN for vile anti-trans Facebook post
Former baseball star Curt Schilling has been sacked by ESPN for sharing a post misgendering trans people.
The former All-Star pitcher had been employed at ESPN for over six years, and had appeared on Monday Night Baseball.
Responding to the introduction of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2, Schilling posted on Facebook a photo of an overweight man in a wig.
Accompanying the photo, suggesting that trans women are simply men in women’s clothing, it read: “LET HIM IN”.
The post went on: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgemental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”
Commenting on his own post Schilling wrote: “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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But having been terminated by the network, ESPN released a statement saying “his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated”.
Despite not commenting directly, the former commentator’s blog on Tuesday read: “Let’s make one thing clear right upfront.
“If you get offended by ANYTHING in this post, that’s your fault, all yours.
“This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of men’s and women’s restrooms, period.”
Schilling in August 2015 was suspended by the network for a post which compared radical Muslims to Nazis.