On Wednesday, former All-Star pitcher and World Series hero Curt Schilling was fired from ESPN for committing the grave thoughtcrime of suggesting that men should not be able to pee next to small girls. Here was the Facebook post that got him fired:
Schilling added, “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.”
ESPN then fired Schilling, announcing, “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Asked about the controversy on local radio, Schilling explained, “To be in a place where people actually believe I'm a racist or I'm transphobic says to me that something has gone horribly askew somewhere.”
This wasn’t the first time Schilling felt the heat from ESPN for his political views. He got slammed for retweeting a graphic that read, “It’s said only 5%-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” Schilling added, “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.” This was too much for ESPN, which had to step in to defend ISIS, and promptly suspended him from broadcast.
Schilling made the horrible mistake of speaking truth in a place where only leftist falsehood is tolerated – which is why I call ESPN MSNBC with spherical objects. Here are 5 people still working with ESPN who haven’t been canned:
1. Tony Kornheiser. Kornheiser still co-hosts his leftist propaganda sports program Pardon The Interruption with fellow approved opinionsayer Michael Wilbon, despite the fact that in October, he compared the Tea Party to ISIS – on ESPN Radio. Speaking with Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, Kornheiser said of Tea Partiers in Congress, “Are they like ISIS trying to establish a caliphate here?!” No problem. Kornheiser was suspended for two weeks back in 2010 for ripping an outfit worn by Hannah Storm: “She’s got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school paid skirt…way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt.”
2. Kevin Blackistone. Professor Blackistone regularly appears on ESPN; in 2013, he called the National Anthem a “war anthem” and ripped the “military symbolism embraced in sports,” explaining that it was “time for people to back away.” Blackistone stated, “You are conflating a war anthem with a simple game. And when you have military flyovers and all the other military symbolism that goes on in sports, I think, you’ve got a problem.”
3. Lou Holtz. Speaking about then-Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez, Holtz stated, “Ya know, Hitler was a good leader too.” No suspension. So, to be clear, comparing radical Muslims to Nazis is a no-no, but comparing a college coach to Hitler is a-okay.
4. Stephen A. Smith. Smith spoke about former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his then-girlfriend, and stated, “We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. No point of blame.” He was suspended for one week. Schilling suggesting that women be protected from men invading their restrooms, however, was a fireable offense.
5. Max Kellerman. In the aftermath of the same incident, Kellerman told a charming story about how when he was dating his now-wife, they were both drunk; she slapped him, and he slapped her back. That carried a short suspension. Kellerman is now back on the air regularly.
None of these people committed the ultimate crime: stating that men and women are biologically different and should pee in different places. ESPN, of course, also stumps for more coverage of women’s sports, which suggests a question: why not simply open up all women’s sports to men, in the name of equality for people of all genders? Or wouldn’t that comply with the logically incoherent leftist positional chart?
And so Schilling is gone, and leftism continues to force its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. Now you can’t even watch a baseball game without hearing about transgender propaganda. No wonder the culture has fragmented.