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March 03, 2016

ESPN addressing comments by former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling about Hillary Clinton

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling's recent interview with a Kansas City sports talk radio station took a political turn when the ex-ace opined on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

And those comments may have Schilling in trouble, again, with his employer, ESPN, where he works as a baseball analyst.

Yahoo Sports reported that Schilling participated in an hourlong interview Tuesday with host Danny Parkins on 610 Sports, and during the conversation, the former All-Star spent eight minutes sharing his feelings on Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the future of the United States and Clinton.

Asked about Clinton's email scandal and whether she should be prosecuted and go to jail, Schilling said the following to Parkins:

“I hope she does. 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.”
CNN reported Wednesday that ESPN officials said, "We are addressing it," but declined to comment further.

Schilling spent 20 seasons pitching in the majors, including seven-plus with the Phillies. He was a member of the 1993 team that lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. This season, he is expected to be part of ESPN's Monday Night Baseball broadcast.

Schilling's world views and political opinions have gotten him in trouble before. In August, he was suspended from ESPN's Little League World Series coverage after he sent a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.

If he gets in trouble for the Clinton comment, Schilling can't say he hasn't been warned. An ESPN memo leaked in January cautioned the network's talent to keep their political views to themselves during the 2016 presidential campaign season.