Previewing Sunday’s Opening Day game between the Blue Jays and Rays for ESPN, Curt Schilling decided to use his on-air time to criticize Chris Archer‘s hair. In a split-screen showing pictures of starters Archer and Marcus Stroman, Schilling circled Archer’s hair with the Telestrator and said, “Chris Archer, everything but this right here: big league.”
Cork Gaines of Business Insider put video of it on Twitter:
Many other broadcasters would likely be given slack for the remark, but given comments made in the past, Schilling doesn’t have the privilege of benefit of the doubt anymore.
Recent highlights of Schilling’s include:
- Saying presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere”
- Tweeting that ISIS was winning the Democratic debate going on at the time
- Tweeting a picture that equated Muslims with Nazis
Additionally, in the context of recent disagreements between older players and younger players concerning displays of emotion, Schilling’s comments come off as more tired culture policing.
Earlier this month, former major leaguer and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling went on 610 AM in Kansas City and made a controversial comment about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Schilling said, “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 buried under a jail somewhere.”
The comment earned Schilling and ESPN plenty of backlash and the sports media company said, “We are addressing it.” A few months prior, ESPN updated its policy for addressing the 2016 presidential election, saying, “We should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.”
Schilling seemed at peace with the possibility he might lose his job, but Vocativ is reporting that ESPN confirmed Schilling will remain on the Monday Night Baseball team.
This is not the first time Schilling has landed in hot water. Last September, ESPN removed him from coverage of the Little League World Series and Sunday Night Baseball after making a Tweet that compared Muslims to Nazis. But to be fair to Schilling, it hasn’t been all bad. Last March, he valiantly stood up for his daughter, who was receiving some vicious comments online.
I’ve given Curt Schilling a lot of crap in the past, but I have to tip my cap to him here.
Many people are passing this around, but I saw it via Meg Rowley of Lookout Landing and Baseball Prospectus. It’s from the public listing of federal campaign contributors. Schilling, not surprisingly, has made donations to political campaigns in the past.
In 2008, while still an active player, he donated to the McCain campaign and listed “Boston Red Sox” as his employer. This past January he donated a small amount to Ben Carson’s campaign and listed “ESPN” as his employer. That makes sense.
Last September, however, right on the heels of his suspension in the wake of his controversial social media habits, he was a bit more specific. Check out the middle one:
I’m still not Curt Schilling’s greatest off-the-field fan, but I always retain some goodwill for people who have a sense of humor about stuff. Kudos to Schilling for being zen about his job status.