As Western Journalism reported earlier this week, retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling came under fire for a social media post critical of radical Islam. He was quickly suspended from his gig covering Little League games for ESPN; however, recent reports indicate the network has taken further disciplinary action.
Fox News confirmed Friday that Schilling will not appear on ESPN until the current baseball season has concluded.
In addition to his Little League duties, Schilling has served as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball.
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ESPN released a statement indicating that Schilling’s “actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled.”
Numerous social media users, however, felt the punishment was too severe.
— John Utah (@GoldenStateShow) September 3, 2015
The controversial post, which compared the relatively small percentage of extremists within the Muslim community to the level of Nazi support in Germany at the beginning of World War II, has since been removed. Though he stated on Twitter that he accepted and understood his initial suspension, Schilling took exception to what he considered dishonest reporting of the story by some media outlets. An email Schilling sent to one such site was subsequently published against his express wishes to keep the conversation confidential.
So Curt Schilling wrote a private letter to a blogger, who published it and Schilling is the bad guy? — R. Scott Clark (@RScottClark) September 4, 2015
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