August 09, 2016
Former Philadelphia Phillies ace and disgraced ESPN analyst Curtis Montague Schilling may be eyeing the Oval Office in 2024, according to a comment he made on Facebook over the weekend.
In recent years, Schilling has come under fire for his controversial statements on social media. In January 2015, the former Phillie and three-time World Series winner claimed he's not in the Hall of Fame because he's a Republican.
Several months later, in August, Schilling rattled off an offensive tweet about the "staggering" mathematical comparison between the rate of extremist Muslims (5-10 percent, according to a meme) and the alleged 7 percent of German citizens who were Nazis in 1940.
Sarah Palin came to Schilling's defense, but ESPN opted to suspend him from coverage of the Little League World Series. After an apology, Schilling was reinstated a month later.
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.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
In October 2015, Schilling jumped at the opportunity to answer a tweet from @realDonaldTrump about who was winning an early Democratic debate. "ISIS," Schilling replied.
This was just before a leaked ESPN memo revealed the network had warned its on-air employees to avoid exposing their political views during the 2016 presidential campaign season.
A couple of months later, in an interview with Danny Parkins of 610 Sports, Schilling was asked about the email scandal surrounding then-Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Should she be prosecuted and go to jail?
“I hope she does," Schilling answered. "If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
Of course, Petraeus was not buried under a jail for his mishandling of classified materials. He resigned and was sentenced to a two-year probationary period and a $100,000 fine.
The Mothership's final straw came in April when Schilling shared a derogatory meme directed at transgender people. In an accompanying rant, Schilling argued that the question of bathroom access is very straightforward.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves," Schilling wrote. "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 let Schilling go and released a succinct statement:
"ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."
At his WordPress blog 38pitches, Schilling defended himself in a post entitled, "The hunt to be offended..." Resorting to the default analogy between opinions and nether parts of the human anatomy, Schilling veered into an inane dead-end on SiriusXM's "Breitbart News Daily."
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I’m not transphobic. I’m not homophobic," Schilling said. "As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”
Sadly, Schilling never took his own wisdom to heart after a March 2015 episode in which two men posted degrading remarks about his daughter, a moment for which he deserved sympathy (and he does deserve credit for his advocacy and fundraising for ALS research).
"These boys have yet to understand one of life's most important lessons," Schilling wrote on his blog. "In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things."
For him, it meant ESPN slyly editing him out of "Four Days in October," a 30 for 30 documentary that retraces the Red Sox's historic comeback in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Wow, full one year complete fabrication to defame greatest QB, now omitting about 4 hours of a game I think I played in. Hmm #integritymuch?— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) May 2, 2016
He did, however, land at No. 91 on ESPN's list of the 100 all-time best MLB players, a full 10 spots ahead of Kenny Powers.
Here's what people on Twitter had to say about Schilling's presidential aspirations.
Curt @Gehrig38 Schilling can't run for president yet. He's only failed in business, government loan payback, and media. More bankruptcies!— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 9, 2016
Tim Tebow wants to play baseball. Curt Schilling wants to be president. Reality is pretty flexible for a certain type of deluded jock.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) August 9, 2016
Crazy old man continues horrifying descent into madness https://t.co/2NZUCnRVui— Kevin Maley (@KevinAMaley) August 9, 2016
Watch Schilling win the nomination with the same voter coalition as Trump https://t.co/CEydGu2WsN— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 9, 2016
Curt Schilling says he'll run for President in 8 years. He should add John Rocker for VP. They'd be unstoppable. #SchillingRocker— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) August 8, 2016
The Devolution of the GOP— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) August 8, 2016
1860: Abraham Lincoln
1980: Ronald Reagan
2016: Donald Trump
2024: Curt Schilling
2032: Joe Dirt
Curt Schilling, who wants to eventually run for president, is basically the cop from Harold & Kumar… pic.twitter.com/pvdgNC0Zli— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) August 8, 2016
So, Curt, what's your pitch to the American people?