Fun thing: Curt Schilling, and others, are still being sued by the State of Rhode Island in the wake of the debacle over Schilling’s software company that went belly-up and cost taxpayers $75 million. Some of his codefendants, however, have settled, leaving Schilling as one of the few remaining defendants:
A judge has approved a $12.5 million partial settlement in a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios . . . Schilling and others opposed the settlement, but the judge called it a good faith agreement and overruled their objections . . . The case continues against Schilling and others at the company, as well as others who were involved.
The case, filed by Rhode Island in 2012, alleges that Schilling and others engaged in financial misconduct, neglect, fraud, and conspiracy to deceive officials about the company’s financial prospects. The complaint says that the defendants “knew or should have known, but failed to inform the [Rhode Island’s economic development board] that 38 Studios was destined to fail according to 38 Studios’ own financial projections.”
In Schilling’s defense, and as virtually all of his post-baseball actions have shown, he is profoundly and possibly even pathologically unaware of when he is making mistakes, so I feel like there is some kind of good-faith-narcism defense he could put up here. Just spitballin’.
Curt Schilling was recently taken off ESPN broadcasts for the Little League World Series and Sunday Night Baseball as a result of a tweet which compared Muslims to Nazis. The expectation was that he would only miss one week of Sunday Night Baseball and return this coming Sunday, but that’s no longer the case. In fact, he’s done for the remainder of the season at the very least.
Here’s the announcement from ESPN:
At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.
ESPN presumably changed their minds on Schilling after his email exchange with Dan Levy was posted on Awful Announcing this week.
It’s unclear what this announcement means for Jessica Mendoza, who filled in for Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball this past Sunday, alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
Curt Schilling has had a bad week, but even he doesn’t deserve this: Sarah Palin coming out, firing with both barrels in defense of him and against ESPN.
On a Facebook post she ranted about ESPN suspending Schilling. It’s as entertaining as always. I’m glad she never became Vice President, but God love that woman for the amusement she has so often provided. I was particularly enamored with her close, which is near and dear to my heart as people tell me this all the time:
By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.
From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.
“Stick to sports.” Always a winner. But in this case, probably good advice! For Schilling anyway. For if he had stuck to sports, he’d be calling Sunday Night’s Cubs-Dodgers game.
This has been quite a week for ESPN baseball broadcasting. On Monday Jessica Mendoza became the first woman to broadcast a Major League Baseball game for the network. On Tuesday, Curt Schilling tweeted out some obnoxious stuff comparing Muslims to Nazis. On Wednesday Schilling was taken off of this week’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
Thesis, antithesis, synthesis:
Damn you, ESPN! I had pledged to boycott “Sunday Night Baseball” because it has become almost unwatchable. And now you’re doing something to make me WANT to watch it.
It’s as if they don’t even know what their mission is anymore.
Curt Schilling was originally taken off of the Little League World Series telecast for his Nazi/Muslims tweet yesterday. Many, your dear author included, thought that was a tad light. Others wonder how ESPN even continues to employ a guy who seems far more interested in stirring up political stuff than being a baseball analyst.
ESPN is having second thoughts about all of this as well:
This is presumably just this week. But now Schilling has all the time in the world to post things to social media, so maybe just give it time. He’s never been anything less than a top competitor.