Right-Wing Media Rush To Defend Curt Schilling And Attack ESPN Following Firing For Anti-Trans Facebook Post

››› ››› BRENDAN KARET

ESPN fired former Major League Baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he shared an image attacking transgender people on Facebook. Right-wing pundits immediately denounced ESPN as "brownshirts" and claimed "the world-wide leader in sports has no balls."

Curt Schilling Fired From ESPN After Offensive Facebook Post

CNN: ESPN Fires Analyst Curt Schilling Over Anti-Transgender Post. CNN reported that ESPN fired Major League Baseball analyst Curt Schilling after Schilling "shared an anti-transgender image on Facebook." The firing comes after ESPN had suspended Schilling in August "over posting a meme that compared Muslims and Nazis":

Curt Schilling, an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, has been terminated by ESPN, the network announced on Wednesday night.

[...]

On Tuesday, Schilling caused a social media backlash when the former Red Sox pitcher shared an anti-transgender image on Facebook, according to Bleacher Report.

Schilling has since deleted the image which had a man in ripped women's clothes under a caption that read: "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 later wrote in a blog post about the incident.

"This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious," Schilling wrote. "I didn't post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period."

[...]

ESPN suspended Schilling in August while covering the Little League World Series over posting a meme that compared Muslims and Nazis. ESPN would later extend the suspension for the entirety of the MLB season. [CNN, 4/20/16]

 

Right-Wing Media Attacks ESPN And "Militant LGBT Activists" For "The Criminalization Of Conservative Dissent"

Fox's Todd Starnes: "ESPN & Militant LGBT Activists Want To Silence Anyone Who Opposes Its Agenda" On April 20, Fox host Todd Starnes tweeted "ESPN & militant LGBT activists want to silence anyone who opposes its agenda. That’s why @gehrig38 got fired. They will silence you, folks":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

Steve Deace: "ESPN Proud To Broadcast First Homo-Cake Smash Makeout, But Fires A Guy For Believing Dudes Should Stick To Their Own Bathrooms." On April 20, conservative radio host and Ted Cruz media surrogate Steve Deace tweeted "ESPN proud to broadcast first homo-cake smash makeout, but fires a guy for believing dudes should stick to their own bathrooms. #Schilling":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

John Ziegler: "Shilling Got Fired From @ESPN For Being White Male Conservative Who Posted Meme Which Was Too Effective Vs. PC." On April 20, nationally syndicated talk radio host John Ziegler tweeted "Curt Schilling got fired from @ESPN for being white male conservative who posted meme which was TOO effective vs. PC":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

Ben Shapiro: "MSNBC With Footballs Strikes Again." On April 20, DailyWire editor Ben Shapiro tweeted "MSNBC with footballs strikes again": 

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

MRC's Dan Gainor: "Agree Or Have Your Business, Job, And Live Destroyed, Yes, They Are #Brownshirts." On April 20, Media Research Center's Dan Gainor tweeted "Left has perfected the #blacklist. Agree or have your business, job and life destroyed. Yes, they are #brownshirts":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

Michelle Malkin: "The Criminalization Of Conservative Dissent, Part 999,999,919." On April 20, conservative author Michelle Malkin tweeted Schilling's firing marked "The criminalization of conservative dissent, part 999,999,919":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

Daily Caller's Scott Greer: "The World-Wide Leader In Sports Has No Balls." On April 20, Daily Caller associate editor Scott Greer tweeted "Of course ESPN would fire Curt Schilling. The World-Wide Leader In Sports Has No Balls":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

Dana Loesch: ESPN Is "Inclusive Except Where It Concerns Speech." On April 20, conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch tweeted ""We're inclusive except where it concerns speech," says ESPN's idiotic move":

[Twitter, 4/20/16]

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