Curt Schilling Declines to Debate ESPN's "Racist" Stephen A. Smith
"There's not a chance in hell that I would do anything that would bring that station another viewer, ever," the former baseball analyst for the cable network said.
Curt Schilling wants nothing to do with a debate offer from outspoken ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith.
Smith made the offer to his former colleague earlier in the week on the heels of Schilling being fired from ESPN over a controversial anti-transgender meme he shared and commented on over social media.
Since being terminated as a baseball analyst, Schilling has been highly critical of ESPN, claiming he was let go because he is a conservative, but that the network still employs racists, such as, in his opinion, Smith.
Schilling on Thursday fired back at Smith while being interviewed on WEEI Boston's Dennis and Callahan Show.
"What am I going to debate about? I have no interest," Schilling said. "I'm 49 years old. I have had cancer, I've had a heart attack, I'm losing my hair. I'm not going to waste my time with people I don't respect."
Schilling then really dug in while taking a shot at his former employer.
"I don't respect him. I think he's a racist, I think he's a bigot," Schilling said. "There's nothing to debate, number one, and number two, there's not a chance in hell that I would do anything that would bring that station another viewer, ever."
Schilling said he felt like he was a kid being challenged on the playground when Smith made the offer. He added that he had met Smith in the past, and thought he was nice. Still, he found it hard to believe Smith was being critical of him after some of the controversial statements Smith has made during his career with the network.