Curt Schilling Calls Out ESPN for Hiring the ‘Biggest Racists’ in Sports Media
Did anyone expect Curt Schilling to keep quiet?
Schilling took a swipe at ESPN during an interview with SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” on Wednesday.
“Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN,” Schilling said. “They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”
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Schilling doubled down on his remarks by saying that a memo was sent out on several occasions, telling the “on air talent to focus on sports.”
“To me that means focus on sports unless you want to talk about something that is part of the liberal agenda,” Schilling said, according to Newsday.
The ex-employee of ESPN also named a few names, including First Take star Stephen A. Smith and Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser.
“You listen to Stephen A. Smith, and Stephen A. Smith was the guy who said that Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he’s black,” Schilling said. “No, Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he [stunk].”
He added, “Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS. I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics. But I don’t care. It’s OK. I think those conversations need to happen. But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports.”
While Schilling has been critical of ESPN for squashing right-leaning voices and for hiring “racists,” the former pitcher has been accused of racism himself over the years.
Last summer he was yanked from the Little League World Series broadcasting team after posting a meme on social media that compared Muslims to Nazis.