ESPN announced Aug. 25 it was removing former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling from its coverage of the Little League World Series over a tweet Schilling sent out that compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans.
Earlier on Aug. 25, Schilling retweeted a post that read “Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” Schilling later deleted the post from his Twitter account.
Shortly after the incident, ESPN released a statement condemning Schilling’s actions.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
In one follow-up tweet, Schilling admitted his mistake for posting the offensive picture.
“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.”
Schilling’s Twitter presence has been well documented in the past year. In March, he publicly exposed the identity of Twitter users who threatened to sexually assault his daughter after he sent congratulations to her for being accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.
He has also feuded with others over controversial topics — in November 2014, he debated with ESPN colleague Keith Law over the theory of evolution. The debate ultimately earned Law a five-day suspension from Twitter, Fox News noted.
Schilling is likely remembered for his time with the Boston Red Sox and his contribution to the team during their successful 2004 season. While pitching in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS playoff game against the New York Yankees, Schilling earned the win even though he torn his tendon that cause blood to show through his sock. The Red Sox would go on to win the World Series for the first time since 1918; as for the “bloody sock,” it is now displayed in the Hall of Fame.