Schilling: Only Liberals Can Discuss Politics On ESPN

| by Lauren Briggs
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After ESPN fired him for posting an anti-transgender meme, former TV host Curt Schilling said that EPSN has "some of the biggest racists in sports commentating," who are hugely biased against conservatives.

"It was apparent to me early on that if you wanted to go off topic as a sports person you had to go off topic left, or you were going to get in trouble," Schilling said during an interview with the "Breitbart News Patriot Forum" on satellite radio, Newsday reports.

He went on to say that some of the most racist things he had "ever heard come out of people" happened on ESPN without consequence.

"They're some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is," the 49-year-old explained, Deadspin reported. "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."

He went on to recount a message he received from the network, which he said was intended to curb conservative political commentary only.

"The memo that was sent out more than once was about they wanted on air-talent to focus on sports," he said. "To me that means focus on sports unless you want to talk about something that is part of the liberal agenda."

Schilling then recounted instances of other hosts discussing racism and comparing the Tea Party to ISIS.

"I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics," Schilling said. "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."

Schilling was fired earlier in April after posting a meme in response to the North Carolina ordinance that outlaws transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their birth genders, notes the New York Times.

The meme featured an overweight man wearing a wig and women's clothing, including a T-shirt cut to expose his breasts.

"LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die," the post read.

"My commentary around it was the functionality of men's and women's bathrooms," Schilling said on the Breitbart show.

Sources: Newsday, New York Times, Deadspin / Photo credit: Googie Man/Wikimedia Commons

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