Airbnb Replaces Curt Schilling with Tim Wakefield for Fenway Sleepover
Former Red Sox pitcher and 2004 World Series champion Curt Schilling will no longer host Airbnb’s sleepover at Fenway Park, after making controversial comments about Muslims online.
Schilling, now an analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, posted a meme to both Twitter and Facebook last week, comparing radical Muslims to Nazis. He quickly deleted the tweet, and later offered an apology.
I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN vice president of communications Josh Krulewitz said in a statement, announcing Schilling’s suspension from Baseball Tonight and removal from the Little League World Series broadcast team. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Airbnb has selected two winners for its “Night at Fenway Park” promotion, which includes airfare and transportation, dugout box seats in Section 72 to watch the Sox take on the New York Yankees, a post-game dinner on the right field roof deck, an overnight stay in one of the park’s suites, and $500 dollar spending spree at the team store.
When the lucky guests arrive Wednesday night, it’ll be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield greeting them—not Schilling, as originally planned.
“Mr. Schilling’s comments are wholly inconsistent with our community’s values and we have ended our partnership with him, effective immediately,” Airbnb said in a statement. “Our partnership with the Red Sox and our Night At Fenway Park event will move forward as planned.”
Though Schilling recommended that fans keep their bloody socks at home, it’s likely the rule stands with Wakefield too.