Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling likely getting subpoenaed today for his Rhode Island shenanigans


At the outset, it’s probably worth noting that a state authority in Rhode Island can’t enforce a subpoena sent to a person in Massachusetts. And, even if you’re the most adamant Curt Schilling critic on the planet, it’s hard to argue against the notion that the overarching investigation from which this subpoena is coming seems to be some pretty obvious political grandstanding. They would’ve prosecuted him for something if they could’ve come up with something, but this, now, is a political body trying to make political hay out of a fat target, even if he is an understandably tempting one.

All of that said, it’s funny to imagine what sorts of tweets and Facebook posts Schilling will fire off once the subpoena actually comes to his door:

Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello will sign a subpoena Monday compelling Curt Schilling, founder of the failed video game company 38 Studios, to testify before the House Oversight Committee, which is examining the state’s $75 million deal with the company.

The committee voted unanimously Thursday to issue the subpoena, and Mattiello’s office confirmed Friday he will sign it next week.

Given his track record I expect Schilling to compare Rhode Island with various communist and/or fascist regimes or perhaps the Galactic Empire. Too bad he’s blocked me on every social media platform this side of Friendster. Someone tell me if anything good comes of it.

Curt Schilling is still Curt Schilling-ing

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You’d think a guy who got smacked down by his employer for making controversial and politically-charged tweets on social media would cool it on social media for a while. But it’s Curt Schilling here, and no one is gonna tell Curt Schilling what to do.

During last night’s Democratic debate, Donald Tump was live-Tweeting the proceedings because, hey, this is where we are in 2015. He did an OK job of live-Tweeting, actually, adding to my suspicion that he’s really just acting like a psychopath in the campaign for the yuks and, in reality, is going to be quite content to go back to being just a moderately loudmouthed BusinessTainment person soon. Time will tell.

At one point, Trump asked for people’s opinion about who was winning the debate. Hillary? Bernie? Webb? Those other two dudes who, God love ’em, ain’t gonna be around come February? Schilling weighed in:


Per that stuff about the anti-Chase Utley signs at Citi Field yesterday, I’m going to rule that this, likewise, is in the realm of actually somewhat darkly funny comedy. Sure, the person with the signs didn’t actually believe that Utley supports ISIS and Schilling probably believes what he’s saying here, but that’s not a big deal. The net effect of it all is a laugh, so that distinction is not really important.

But one does wonder how ESPN feels about Schilling continuing to beat his drum like this. And, for that matter, whether Schilling doing so is itself a way of challenging them to do something about him like, say, making him some sort of free speech martyr who will command handsome speaking fees at the sorts of meetups where people who think your employer being displeased at you for something you say is an actual violation of your First Amendment rights.

For now, though, ESPN is not commenting. They’re probably too busy moving the “Jessica Mendoza: Sunday Night Baseball” graphics from the “temporary” directory to the “permanent” directory.

Curt Schilling to return to ESPN for the postseason

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ESPN has confirmed that Curt Schilling — suspended in late August for a tweet equating Muslims to Nazis — will return to the network’s airwaves for postseason coverage on Baseball Tonight. He will not be in the booth for ESPN’s live broadcast of the American League Wild Card Game.

They do not broadcast any other postseason baseball.

Schilling has one year left on his contract with ESPN and told reporters Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway that he doesn’t expect he’ll be moving on over the winter. But it’s not clear whether Schilling is going to return to Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts in 2016 or remain in a studio role.

Jessica Mendoza has been filling in with Dan Shulman and John Kruk. She seems pretty popular.

Curt Schilling’s co-defendants in the 38 Studios case settle out

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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’.

ESPN pulls Curt Schilling off broadcasts for rest of regular season and Wild Card game

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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.