February 21, 2017
Former Phillies pitcher and Breitbart contributor Curt Schilling was quick to take back comments he made defending Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Monday.
Schilling, who hosts a political talk show called "Whatever it Takes" that airs weekdays on Breitbart.com, tweeted "Let me see if I have this right. @lenadunham child molester Woody Allen, sex with a minor, Roman Polanski, rapist, But Milo is the problem?"
Let me see if I have this right. @lenadunham child molestor Woody Allen, sex with a minor, Roman Polanski, rapist, But Milo is the problem?— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 21, 2017
Brietbart describes itself as "a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website." It also is widely considered by many to be a platform for the so-called "alt-right" movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.
Yiannopoulos has been under fire since the weekend when video of an interview surfaced online during which he justified sex with juvenile boys.
The comments, which were leaked on Twitter by conservative group Reagan Battalion, so far have cost Yiannopoulous his book deal with Simon & Schuster and a speaking engagement at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference. And on Tuesday, Yiannopoulous' boss called them "not defensible."
Yiannopoulous has since resigned from his position.
It appears that after learning of the controversy, Schilling took back his previous support, apologizing "if it appeared in any way [that he was] 'defending'" Yiannopoulos.
Ok, pretty important piece of news, and commentary, I went into this discussion without. That's a whole different ball of wax to be sure. https://t.co/qsvBiqfLWs— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 21, 2017
UPDATE! I had NO idea of the video/audio of Milo's interview which he defends and hides the identity of pedophiles. There's no circumstance— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 21, 2017
In any setting ever where protection of a molester is appropriate and IMO legal? But I apologize if it appeared in any way I was 'defending"— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 21, 2017
that sort of commentary. I'll accept any and all abuse thrown my way for not thoroughly going through ALL the material before responding.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 21, 2017
In a post on his Facebook account Sunday, Yiannopoulos said he is "completely disgusted by the abuse of children."