Curt Schilling

Before we laud Curt Schilling too much for his attack on corrosive social media . . .

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I’ll say it today just like I said it yesterday: good for Curt Schilling for speaking out, loudly, about the corrosive elements of social media and for going after the jerks who made threats against his daughter. I’ll praise him for doing that seven days a week and twice on Sunday.

But as Christian Arcand writes over at the ESPN New Hampshire radio site today, let’s not get too carried away lauding Curt Schilling’s war on corrosive social media. Mostly because Curt Schilling has contributed greatly to corrosive social media himself:

Accountability is a two way street, and Curt Schilling’s social media postings have crossed that line several times.  So while you listen to masses laud him as a hero for going after the cyber-bullies who attacked his daughter, just keep in mind that most of the people he retweeted have/had just a small handful of followers.  Curt Schilling has a vast audience.  Tens of thousands of people were exposed to his hateful and wildly offensive postings and yet there has been no recourse.  He still works for ESPN and I can guarantee you he doesn’t think he did a single thing wrong by posting any of the three examples I’ve cited.

Arcand provides some good examples of Schilling’s social media transgressions. And no, we’re not talking about his stuff about evolution here.

My hope is that, in light of the awfulness Schilling had to put up with this week, he’ll rethink what his own words on social media mean to people. I’m not counting on it, but perhaps this will lead to some reevaluation by him. He’s a pretty bright guy and the parallels, one hopes, are not lost on him.

But either way, this was a good, thought-provoking read which reminds us that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Curt Schilling lowers the boom on some men tweeting threats against his daughter

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Curt Schilling wrote a proud papa tweet about his daughter being accepted to college and getting to continue to play softball, which she’s played for years. Anyone who is a parent — or anyone who had great, proud parents — have had or have been the recipient of those sorts of feelings before and can certainly relate.

Sadly, a few sick idiots decided it was somehow appropriate to respond with awful, violent and sexually-explicit tweets about Schilling’s daughter. Rape threats and the like. So Schilling took to his blog to call such crap behavior out. And not just to complain, but to identify the jerks saying such things and to display their tweets.

His efforts had results: one of the guys tweeting rape threats and other awful things was fired from a part time job he had as a ticket seller for the Yankees. Another one now has local police investigating his tweets to see if a crime occurred.

I can’t say that I blame Schilling at all. I wish he didn’t have to do this, but given how horrible Twitter is at policing threats of violence against women, he probably did. Lucky for him and his daughter his platform and profile is such that his speaking out like this got some results. Most people aren’t so lucky.

All of that aside, I have no idea what the hell is wrong with people.

Jay Z thought David Wells was Curt Schilling. Asked him about the bloody sock

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Jay Z may have made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can, but he apparently doesn’t know a Yankees player when he sees one:

I hope against hope that Wells played it totally cool, went with it and explained to Jay Z that “yeah, I totally faked that crap for the glory. My ankle was fine. It was barbecue sauce, actually.” Then I hope he tried to explain to Jay Z how the Earth was 6,000 years old and how he would’ve gotten to be in the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch if he wasn’t a Republican.

Curt Schilling: my comments were made in jest

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Curt Schilling was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, and made a point to tell the world that his comments saying that John Smoltz’s made the Hall of Fame because he’s a Democrat were clearly meant to be taken as a joke. Here he is:

As far as it relates to Smoltz, I’ll buy that he was joking. And I will grant that Schilling said in his interview the other day that he does not believe that all of the 180 or so votes he fell short of election were not all withheld from him by virtue of his political views.

But the fact remains that, in that interview, he went on to hold forth in a non-joking manner about how people have it in for him because of is personal views. And his joke was not that voters are out to get him for his views. It’s that Smoltz would ever be a Democrat. So, fairness to Schilling: no, he doesn’t believe John Smoltz is a Democrat. But he certainly thinks his political views are relevant to people’s consideration of him as a baseball player. And that’s the part that’s nuts.

Curt Schilling believes he didn’t make the Hall of Fame because he’s a Republican

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Curt Schilling: wonderful pitcher. But a guy who probably needs to stop, you know, saying things.

The latest thing he said was that he didn’t get the Hall of Fame votes John Smoltz got because the voters are biased against him because he’s a Republican. Here he is on WEEI today, trying to get his head around John Smoltz’s support:

“I think he got in because of [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine. I think the fact that they won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss army knife versatility,’ which somebody said yesterday, I think he got a lot of accolades for that, I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer,” Schilling said. “And I think the other big thing is that I think he’s a Democrat and so I know that, as a Republican, that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Actually, Smoltz is not a Democrat. He has been reported to be “an avowed Republican,” and has been courted for political office in the past by the Republican party. Here are Smoltz’s political contribution records. Note the little “Rs” next to the candidates’ names. Oh, and Smoltz once compared gay marriage to beastiality, which tends not to be a pinko-liberal stance.

So, shockingly, Curt Schilling is full of crap about something. I know that may be hard to accept, so if you need a minute to gather yourself, please, take it.

UPDATE: Schilling is tweeting now that he was just kidding about that, but go listen to the interview (relevant part starts at the 6:45 mark). While, yes, the hosts laughed when he said it, there is no suggestion that he was just joking. And then, immediately after that, he goes into a non-joking thing about how the media is biased against people like him, suggesting that he does in fact have a persecution complex about all of this.