ESPN has suspended Curt Schilling after the pitcher and network analyst tweeted, and subsequently deleted, a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement on Tuesday. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Tuesday morning, Schilling posted a photo on Twitter reading, “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?
As an avid consumer of ESPN programming (SportsCenter is my fave television relaxation viewing after a show when I’m on the road) for twenty five years or so, I’ve been dismayed at the leftward bent the network has been letting bleed through recently. After all, these are the people who hired Keith Olbermann again after he had burned just about every bridge he crossed and had clearly become a progressive political animal and was no longer a sports guy.
Schilling is known to lean to the right (he campaigned for W in 2004), and had he been a lefty tweeting negatively about almost anything other than Those Who Shall Not Be Impugned Even Though They Keep Trying To Kill Us, he probably wouldn’t have gotten in trouble.
However, he did decide to wander into a somewhat political area, which just sucks the fun out of the enjoyment of sports.
So I can’t really back him up on this.