ESPN Fires Baseball Analyst Curt Schilling After Anti-Transgender Facebook Post
The retired MLB pitcher was suspended by the network last year for another controversial social media post.
Former MLB pitcher and game analyst Curt Schilling has been fired by ESPN.
"ESPN is an inclusive company," said the network in a statement on Wednesday. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
The 49-year-old once again found himself in hot water on Tuesday after he shared an anti-transgender meme over Facebook, which he later deleted.
The meme opposed transgender individuals using the bathroom that correlates to their gender identity.
In a later blog entry, after the meme was removed from his page, Schilling wrote, "I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of men's and women's restrooms, period."
Schilling was previously suspended from ESPN's baseball coverage for the remainder of the 2015 regular season and the wild-card playoff game after posting a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.
At that time, the sports network said Schilling's tweet was "completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective."
Schilling wrote in his blog Tuesday that he does not care about a person's race, gender or sexual orientation, but added, "There are things I have deeply held beliefs in, things I have that are core to who I am, things I am passionate about. If you ask me about them it’s likely I’ll give you a passionate answer, whether you like that answer or not is completely up to you. I am not going to give you answers to make sure you like what I say, let the rest of the insecure world do that."
Schilling retired from professional baseball in 2009 after 20 seasons in the league.