ESPN Cans Curt Schilling for 'Unacceptable' Facebook Post
He shared controversial thoughts on transgender issues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2016 1:02 AM CDT
"I have opinions, but they're just that, opinions," Schilling said in a blog post.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
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(Newser) – An "unacceptable" Facebook post about transgender bathroom laws was the final straw for ESPN, which fired Curt Schilling Wednesday. The former All-Star pitcher, who had worked at the network since 2010, shared a meme, which can be seen here, that showed an overweight man in tight, ripped 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," the AP reports. "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves," Schilling commented. "ESPN is an inclusive company," the network said in a statement. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."

The network had allowed Schilling to keep working as a baseball analyst despite a tweet last year comparing Muslims to Nazis, reports the Washington Post. In a blog post, Schilling said he had only "made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms" and denounced "frauds" who were "screaming for 'tolerance' and 'acceptance' while you refuse to do and be either." His son, Grant, defended him in a Facebook post, saying Schilling is "not the most well informed," but that he has "made great strides to understand people" and has allowed Grant's trans friends to stay over as well as respected "pronouns and name changes," the New York Times reports. (Target has taken a stand to show its solidarity with the transgender community.)