ESPN Fires Curt Schilling After Anti-Transgender Facebook Post
The company has parted ways with the former Red Sox pitcher.
ESPN has finally had enough of Curt Schilling’s antics.
The analyst and former Red Sox pitcher was fired by the company on Wednesday, a day after he was blasted by critics for sharing an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page.
The post, which has since been deleted, seemed to be in response to the passage of a bill in North Carolina banning transgender individuals from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” Schilling wrote in a comment on the post. “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.”
After telling Forbes on Tuesday that it was taking the situation “very seriously,” ESPN addressed Schilling’s status with the company in a statement issued on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Schilling’s latest controversy appears to have been the final straw for ESPN. The former Red Sox star earned a suspension from the company in September after he compared Muslims to Nazis in another post.
While Schilling has yet to comment on his termination, he took to his personal blog to vent his feelings over the outraged caused by his latest social media post.
“This latest brew ha ha [sic] is beyond hilarious,” Schilling wrote. “I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”