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.