Curt Schilling was fired from ESPN last week for his latest controversial post on social media, this time involving the infamous North Carolina transgender bathroom law.
If this was the first time Schilling had made comments on his page that were perceived to be insensitive, it’s possible he might have gotten away with a suspension, but Schilling also previously posted about ISIS during the democratic debate, said he wanted Hillary Clinton “buried under a jail,” and compared Muslims to Nazis. So, needless to say, this wasn’t his first strike in Bristol.
This week, Schilling finally spoke out about his release on the SiriusXM radio show Breitbart News Daily. The former World Series MVP reiterated said that he believes the rules are applied differently at ESPN to people with more conservative beliefs.
“I’ll always love talking about pitching. I thought I was good at it. But at a company where the rules are different based completely and solely on your perspective and your beliefs, it didn’t work. They didn’t like that.”
Schilling also said that since he is able to live comfortably off of the money he made during his playing career, he spoke more freely about his beliefs because his analyst job was non-essential to his family’s well-being.
“If that job meant I had to continue doing it to put a roof over the head of my family and food on my table, I’m probably acting a little differently than I did. A lot of people can’t or won’t jeopardize what they do for a living to be and espouse the things they believe … I’m not that guy. I’m not dependent on other people to support my family for the rest of my life.”
In case you missed it, this was the meme that Schilling shared that got him fired.
Regardless of your thoughts on the bathroom law in North Carolina, that meme is extremely offensive to the LGBTQ community, and someone in Schilling’s position has to know that him sharing a post of that nature is going to alienate a huge section of the population.
Schilling is well within his rights under the First Amendment to share whatever opinion he likes, but he has no protection from ESPN firing him because they don’t want to be associated with someone viewed by many as a hateful bigot.