ESPN commentator Curt Schilling won't be on telecasts for the rest of the regular major league baseball season in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet, says the sports network.
The network also said on Thursday that the former Red Sox pitcher won't be on for the American League wild-card game on Oct. 6, reported The Associated Press.
The former star pitcher and "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst was pulled by ESPN from a major league game and the network's coverage of the Little League World Series last month after he retweeted a post that compared Muslim extremists and Nazis.
The tweet, which has since been removed, said, "The math is staggering when you get to the true #s. It’s said only 5-10 percent of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7 percent of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
At the time, Schilling said he'd made a "bad decision."
Schilling later sent an email to a sports media site about his Twitter post, causing a further uproar.
ESPN said "Curt's actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company."
Sarah Palin took ESPN to task
last week, calling its leaders "wussified" after the network suspended former Schilling.
In a long Facebook post, the former vice presidential candidate defended the statistics that Schilling used and lambasted ESPN as a "journalistic embarrassment."
"The difference between Hitler’s army and the genocidal maniacs of ISIS is that the jihadists don’t have as much power . . . yet," Palin wrote. "By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports."
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