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.”
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.