Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling slammed his former employers in an interview today, asserting that the network implied only conservatives were not welcome to share their political views.
Schilling was fired last month over an “offensive” social media post that was critical of opposition to a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological birth.
During an interview with NBC Sports’ The Dan Patrick Show, Schilling blasted the network’s double standard when it came to hosts being allowed to voice political opinions, revealing that it was understood that parroting leftist narratives would go unpunished.
“They sent out memos, “Listen, we want our sports people on-air talent to stick to sports, stay away from politics and the other stuff.” … The next thing, Stephen A. Smith tells the world Robert Griffin can’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he is black, not because he sucks, which it was because he sucks. Then you got [Dan] Le Batard and you got Tony Kornheiser comparing the Tea Party to ISIS. So, I think what the memo meant to say was, “If you’re not liberal and you’re not a Democrat, do not stray from sports.” …
“The other thing that really jumped out at me was people would talk — you know, the green room where everybody hangs out, it’s the ESPN version of the locker room — a lot of times people would be like, they would come up to me and whisper, “Hey man, I’m with ya, I’m a Republican,” as if we were the secret card-carrying members of some group that couldn’t be, the “those who shall not be named.” The inclusiveness is inclusive as long as you are pointing in the same direction.”
The idea that being a conservative or a Republican is something that needs to be kept secret in order to avoid punitive retribution in an overwhelmingly leftist media environment is also the case in Hollywood, where conservatives are forced to join de facto secret societies simply to share their views.
Schilling, who said he was making $2.5 million a year at the company, went on to accuse ESPN of being “bigoted and intolerant” towards conservatives like himself while hypocritically promoting a message of inclusivity.
The former Red Sox star was also previously suspended by the network for posting a meme on Twitter which read, “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
Schilling said that ESPN knew when they hired him that he sometimes said things that “went against the grain,” but the network still caved to perpetually offended outrage mobs at the first sign of controversy.