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ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Trans Facebook Post

Former Philadelphia Phillie Curt Schilling during a “Wall of Fame” induction ceremony on Aug. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia.

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Down goes Curt Schilling! ESPN fired the former All-Star pitcher Wednesday after he weighed in earlier this week on Facebook with his retrograde thoughts on a small portion of new, discriminatory North Carolina law that specifically bans trans people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. Schilling has been outspoken about his Duck Dynasty–esque views since he joined ESPN as an analyst in 2010, a stance that had increasingly run afoul of the network’s top brass, who seemed intent on not alienating the portion of America that wasn’t voting for Donald Trump.


Here’s the latest bit of Schilling terribleness that led to the controversy that ultimately cost him his job (via the New York Times):

[Schilling] was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders. The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.” To that, 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 released a short statement Wednesday: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.” Schilling has not commented on his termination.