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ESPN's Schilling 'Stunned' by Backlash Over Evolution Comments

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 03:05 PM

Former star pitcher and ESPN analyst Curt Schilling says he doesn't quite understand why the network temporarily suspended baseball analyst Keith Law from Twitter after the two got into a heated battle over evolution, and he says he was "stunned" at the commentary that came from others after the argument.

Last week, Schilling was "arguing, debating, talking" about evolution and creation, he said on his Facebook page Monday, and "somehow someone made it into me not believing in the Theory of Evolution."

The argument between Schilling and Law blew up after Law posted several posts challenging Schilling on his evolution stance and, eventually, ESPN stepped in, reports Mediaite, as it has a "hardline stance against employees publicly bashing other employees."

Schilling, meanwhile, was not suspended, as he did not initiate the Twitter fight.

But on Monday, he took to Facebook to say that he can't believe he also wasn't suspended, and to defend his stance as a Christian.

"As a Christian I understand where man came from and how, regardless of whether I can imagine it, God did it, that's good enough for me," said Schilling. "Keith Law got suspended from Twitter for publicly arguing the point I think, it... certainly wasn't for his opposing view."

ESPN agreed with that assessment, reports Deadspin, commenting that "Keith's Twitter suspension had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions on the subject."

Schilling, in his Facebook statement, said he thought it was odd that "he'd want to publicly pick that fight, though I had zero problems with it."

And he thought ESPN would also suspend him, and he was expecting it.

But even more than ESPN's decision, Schilling expressed surprise at "the anger, hatred, and vile tweets from Atheists/Liberals, Democrats or the lack of Christians chiming in?"

Ironically, despite the arguments, "I totally buy evolution within species, 100% as science has easily proven that," Schilling said on Facebook. "But as a Christian did people really need me to tweet that to know how I felt? Or was it the simple fact I publicly stated what anyone that knows me already knew?"

But the language and commentary made by "seemingly 'adults,' scientists, teachers, etc." were "like they were 7-year-olds on the playground again."

Schilling said he can even understand why non-believers get upset.

"Many know in their hearts that if it's true their future is not in good shape," said Schilling.

"But the anger? Cussing? Every single follower I blocked had in their profile somewhere 'Atheist' 'Liberal,' 'Democrat' or some such label."

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ESPN analyst Curt Schilling says he doesn't quite understand why the network temporarily suspended baseball analyst Keith Law from Twitter after the two got into a heated battle over evolution, and he says he was "stunned" at the commentary that came from others after the argument.
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