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ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Comments

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 08:27 PM

 ESPN has fired Curt Schilling over his recent anti-transgender comments on social media.

Schilling, a baseball analyst for ESPN and former Red Sox pitcher, posted a Facebook comment criticizing a transgender women.

"A man is a man no matter what they call themselves," read Schilling's comment, which he apparently posted in response to a photo about a recent North Carolina law that restricts transgender people's access to bathrooms and locker rooms. "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."

ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, saying "ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."

The post has since been deleted, but evidence of his comments was preserved by a screenshot from Outsports, an LGBT sports publication.

Schilling responded to the backlash Tuesday night with a lengthy blog post titled "The hunt to be offended...," in which he criticized the people who were offended by his comments and stated, "I didn't post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period."

Known for his abrasive social media presence, Schilling was suspended for another controversial post last August. His tweet, which resulted in a suspension, read, "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" The former MLB star has also been criticized for posting pro-confederacy photos and making other controversial remarks on his social media accounts.

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ESPN has fired Curt Schilling over his recent anti-transgender comments on social media. Schilling, a baseball analyst for ESPN and former Red Sox pitcher, posted a Facebook comment criticizing a transgender women. A man is a man no matter what they call themselves, read...
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