ESPN Explains Why Curt Schilling Edited Out of '30 For 30' Episode

Curt Schilling - Getty - H 2016
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 Curt Schilling - Getty - H 2016

"Btw, please don't make me victim. You saw it, I lived it, still got the ring. This is what happens when you embarrass powerful people," the former pitcher wrote in response to the edit.

Curt Schilling and his fans are not happy that his "bloody sock game" was edited out of a 30 for 30 that re-aired on Sunday night. 

Schilling's performance in the 2004 American League Championship Series, when his Red Sox ultimately beat the Yankees to advance to the World Series, was not a part of the documentary "Four Days In October." Schilling's sock became bloody during the victorious game when sutures on his ankle became irritated.

On Sunday night, Schilling cried foul over what he saw as a slap in the face stemming from the fact that he was recently fired by the network over a controversial social media post.

"Wow, full one year complete fabrication to defame greatest QB, now omitting about 4 hours of a game I think I played in. Hmm #integritymuch?" Schilling tweeted. "Btw, please don't make me victim. You saw it, I lived it, still got the ring. This is what happens when you embarrass powerful people."

Yes, the repeated episode was edited, but for time, not out of spite, ESPN said in a statement. 

“When a live event runs long, it's standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows. In this case, we needed to edit out 1 of the film's 4 segments to account for the extra length of the softball game,” ESPN said in the statement. 

The 49-year-old former pitcher sent out numerous tweets over his displeasure with the edit. 

"For sale, never used, rarely worn ring from player who didn't actually have anything to do with getting it," Schilling tweeted along with a picture of his 2004 World Series ring. 

Schilling was fired by ESPN last month after he allowed someone to post an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page, which he then commented in support of before he deleted the entire post. 

"ESPN is an inclusive company," the network said in a statement when Schilling was fired. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

That was not the first time Schilling found himself in trouble with the network over his social media activity.

Last year, Schilling was suspended from ESPN's baseball coverage after posting a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.

Following his termination, Schilling in a SiriusXM interview criticized ESPN and said he was "not transphobic." 

The former pitcher called ESPN a "company where the rules are different based completely and solely on your perspective and your beliefs, [sharing opinions] didn’t work. They didn’t like that.”