Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling deleted a controversial tweet about Muslims and issued a public apology, but that didn’t stop ESPN from firing him as a commentator for the Little League World Series.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” according to a statement issued by ESPN. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
The tweet was a re-post of a meme that compared the percentage of Muslim extremists to the percentage of Nazis in Germany in 1940. The meme states Muslim extremists make up between 5 and 10 percent of the religion while Nazis made up 7 percent of Germans prior to World War II. The meme was accompanied with Schilling commenting “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”
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“That didn’t come across in any way as intended or interpreted,” he wrote later as he tweeted apologies.
The 2001 World Series MVP deleted the tweet just moments later and took it off his Facebook page after many Twitter users issued heavy-handed scorn for his sentiments. That didn’t stop disciplinary action from the network. Even though Schilling is off the Little League World Series job, he will remain as a regular on the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
Schilling, a former Red Sox pitcher, said he isn’t angry with ESPN’s decision. He said he wants to think about things before posting them in the future.
“I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part,” Schilling said.
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