If you follow Major League Baseball, you know who Curt Schilling is. If you follow celebrities who do and say stupid things in public, you probably also know who Curt Schilling is. The outspoken former pitcher has now been suspended from his on-air job at ESPN after he published a tweet comparing Muslims and Nazis. Because there was no reason to think Disney would have a problem with that.

ESPN announced today via their website that Schilling, a former World Series MVP, had been pulled from his current assignment covering the Little League World Series. (We couldn’t make this up if we tried.) Schilling's offensive tweet compares Muslim extremism to the German Nazi Party of the 1930’s and 40’s. It is, needless to say, not the kind of thing ESPN, or their parent company Disney, are looking to have their contributors posting online. Schilling deleted the tweet almost as quickly as he posted it, but because the Internet is the Internet, it didn't actually disappear, and here it is.


The exact terms of Schilling's suspension are not spelled out, so it’s not clear how long he’ll be off ESPN, or what they’re planning on doing with him if and/or when he returns. Schilling, for his part, apparently understands that he did wrong. His most recent tweet, which he has not deleted, calls the initial tweet a “bad decision.”



Schilling is a fairly opinionated human and he’s never been shy. He’s previously stated that his conservative politics are the reason he’s not in the Hall of Fame yet. To be fair to ESPN, they suspend liberals for being idiots on Twitter, too. People saying dumb stuff that they really should not was not something that started the day Twitter launched, but with the widespread use of social media whenever somebody says something ill-advised, they’re saying it to tens of thousands of people or more, not just a couple people they’re having drinks with. Even when you aren’t trying to broadcast your thoughts, it’s still very possible they could reach a wide audience. Just ask Hulk Hogan.

Schilling has previously said that he’s glad Twitter wasn’t around when he was a teenager, because of the dumb things he would have said. Apparently, one does not need to be a teenager to be stupid. Well, he could always go back and try his hand at game development.

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