Curt Schilling, former Boston Red Sox pitching great, railed in a recent interview against ESPN, the place where he once worked as a sports announcer, and said his firing was rather hypocritical given the amount of “racist” talk that trailed around the hallways at his past place of business.
Schilling was fired after he shared a meme on his social media page that was seen as a controversial jab against transgenders. Specifically, the meme showed a man dressed in revealing, cut-out women’s garb alongside the text: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
But Schilling spoke out on his firing during a “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” broadcast on Sirius XM, saying it’s staffers at ESPN who are really racist.
“Some of the most racist things that I’ve ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN,” he said, the Blaze reported. “There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is. You know who they are, you know what they are. I like that they are open, because then you know who they are. You know that they exist.”
Schilling said he was aware early on in his employment at ESPN that he was facing a situation in which he was “being told what I can’t say,” the Blaze reported.
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“It was apparent,” he went on, “to me early on that if you wanted to go off topic as a sportsperson, you had to go off topic left or you were going to get into trouble. One of the things I got early on, people would walk up to me – we had a green room in ESPN, which I kind of turned it into a locker room where everything was on the table, you could make fun of anybody’s mom and all the things that go with that, like in a baseball locker room – but I had people come up to me and go, ‘Hey, I’m with you, I’m a Republican, too.’ It felt like underground.”
He added: “It was like a deadly serious thing, like, we didn’t talk … like religion on the table was a much easier discussion to have than who you voted for.”