Controversy strikes ESPN once again as former All-Star and World Series pitcher and baseball analyst Curt Schilling has be fired. Schilling was fired by ESPN on Wednesday due to publishing a meme on Facebook and Twitter. The meme dealt with controversial public restroom laws and transgenders.
Schilling received much criticism from the social media post on Tuesday, it seemed he defended his statements. “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic,” Schilling commented.
This is not the first piece of controversy Schilling has been involved in. In August 2015, he was suspended due to more social media after a comment on Twitter that compared radical Muslims to Nazis. He was brought back to postseason as an analyst and back to the Monday Night Baseball broadcast team and Baseball Tonight.
Here is a statement from ESPN’s camp, “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Controversy has happened before with former ESPN employees. Colin Cowherd commented on Dominican baseball players stating that those players where not known for their academic abilities due to rough backgrounds in July 2015. Bill Simmons’s contract was not renewed after he received heat after tweets about a Boston radio station and ESPN’s First Take and more. Jason Whitlock was fired from ESPN in 2006 before returning due to comments about ESPN employees.
To the general public, we can learn from this. Do not comment on sensitive topics like these former ESPN employees have. ESPECIALLY on social media. Do let remarks like the ones display cost you a good job.