ESPN has fired former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling, with the last straw coming when Schilling “shared a disgusting anti-transgender meme on Facebook and followed it up with supportive comments which took a distinct, inflammatory side in the ongoing debate about access to public facilities for transgender people,” NBC Sports reports.
ESPN released a statement Wednesday night, saying: “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 been working with ESPN since 2010 in various baseball analyst roles, including doing analysis on “Sunday Night Baseball.” His tenure included a number of controversies, including his removal from “Sunday Night Baseball” and from coverage of the Little League World Series in 2015 after Schilling allegedly posted a Twitter meme likening Muslim Jihadism to Nazi Germany.
Schilling had most recently been seen on ESPN’s “Monday Night Baseball.”
“In the past he had also gotten into controversies regarding the teaching of evolution and, last month, was on a radio show when he said that Hillary Clinton should ‘be buried under a jail somewhere.'” NBC Sports notes. “By some counts, Schilling has had no less than seven separate instances in which he came under scrutiny for his social media habits.”
The New York Times reports that Schilling’s Facebook post this week “appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders. The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: ‘LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.’”