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April 23, 2016

Curt Schilling speaks out on his dismissal from ESPN

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher: 'I’m not transphobic. I’m not homophobic'

Curt Schilling didn't wait long to comment on his recent dismissal from ESPN over transphobic remarks made on Facebook.

The former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher was fired on Wednesday from his position as a baseball analyst for posting an image of a man wearing woman's clothing and a wig. Wording on the image read, "Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!"

Schilling was criticizing North Carolina's new laws restricting transgendered people from using public restrooms that match the gender they identify with.

The network, which had previously suspended Schilling for a tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis, announced his termination in a statement, "ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."

Schilling spoke out on the matter on Friday in an interview with Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM and defended his beliefs.

“I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I’m not transphobic. I’m not homophobic," Schilling told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. "As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”

Schilling does care where people go to use the bathroom, adding, "An opinion is that I don’t think men should pee in women’s bathrooms, and vice versa. That’s an opinion. I don’t think anything differently about people because of that opinion. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. There’s a discussion to be had.”

Schilling had worked as a baseball analyst since 2010 and pitched for the Phillies from 1992-2000.