In view of the "tweetstorm" at ESPN over Jemele Hill's recent charge that President Trump and his supporters are white supremacists, Curt Schilling's appearance on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program tonight could not have been more timely. The former baseball all-star and ex-ESPN baseball analyst said he's not surprised at all that the sports network which fired him let Hill skate free after her incendiary comments.
After discussing other matters, Carlson asked Schilling for his take on Hill's remarks, which drew condemnation and a call for her firing from the White House. Schilling responded: by saying of ESPN:
They're an openly intolerant liberal progressive group of people.
Schilling's opinion on the Hill controversy is as relevant as anyone's. He was fired by ESPN in April of 2016 for what the New York Times described as "for promoting offensive commentary on social media." She was treated with kid gloves, and the disparity between ESPN's treatment of liberals as opposed to conservatives could not be more appalling.
Last year, Schilling posted an image of a man wearing a wig and women’s clothes and the words “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.” He wrote in the comments, “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.”
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A day later, ESPN issued the statement ...
ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.
"Inclusive," just not for conservatives.
A couple days ago, Schilling took up the issue in an appearance on CNN and pegged Hill as a racist:
She has no place in any platform that represents sports. I think she’s openly racist, I believe she has been openly racist. I don’t need to tell you guys that you guys have been at the forefront of this conversation at CNN since Trump’s been elected.
CNN host Michael Smerconish objected to those remarks and told Schilling he was fired by ESPN "because of his unfair representation of the transgender community. You were pompous in Philly and you are pompous now. You come on my program and make a number of wild assertions, none with specificity towards me or my program.”
“I wasn’t fired for speaking my mind, I was fired for being a conservative,” Schilling shot back. “The problem for me is that ESPN and Disney, both openly support what I believe to be racist, liberal agenda, platforms, while denying they do. To me, that’s frustrating."