Red Sox World Series legend Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN on Wednesday, one day after an online firestorm erupted after Schilling left a comment on a transgender photo meme on Facebook that featured the following image:
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” Schilling wrote on the post that appears to be in response to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that are not the same as their birth gender. “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.”
ESPN said they were looking into the matter and today issued the following statement:
“ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Schilling had been an analyst on ESPN since 2010 and has been no stranger to controversy, recently being shifted to “Monday Night Baseball” from “Sunday Night Baseball” after sharing a controversial tweet about Muslim extremists.
For all of you people dying to be offended by something that never actually happened. https://t.co/6V4Ql8gd0e
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) April 19, 2016
“I replied to the post. I didn’t post that,” Schilling insisted on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan featuring Minihane Show Wednesday. “To be in a place where people actually believe I’m a racist or I’m transphobic says to me that something has gone horribly askew somewhere.”