Curt Schilling Loses Gig for Comparing Muslims to Nazis

ESPN yanks him from Little League broadcast
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2015 7:12 PM CDT
Curt Schilling Loses Gig for Comparing Muslims to Nazis
Curt Schilling was booted off ESPN's Little League coverage for comparing Muslims to Nazis.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Retired baseball player Curt Schilling discovered today that when it comes to retweeting Hitler memes, sometimes it's one strike and you're out. The New York Daily News reports ESPN removed Schilling from his gig covering the Little League World Series, and the former pitcher could face further punishments from the company, where he also serves as part of the broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN's reprimand comes on the heels of Schilling tweeting a (since-deleted) photo of Hitler that compared Muslims to Nazis. "Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable and in no way represents our company's perspective," reads a statement from ESPN.

Schilling took his punishment in stride, tweeting, "100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part." The offending image claimed that 5% to 10% of Muslims are extremists and compared that to 7% of Germans who were Nazis. Slate points out that would mean there are between 80 million and 160 million "extremist" Muslims, which "seems like an arbitrary, hard-to-prove claim." Plus, many more people supported and participated in Nazism by serving in the army or electing Nazi leaders than were officially Nazis. Schilling and controversy often find each other. The Daily News reports he claimed his conservative views were keeping him out of the Hall of Fame earlier this year. (A few years ago, he was sued by Rhode Island after his video company failed.)

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