I linked it a little while ago, but in case you missed that, Curt Schilling posted — and then quickly deleted — a tweet with some meme on it that equated Nazis and Muslims and was just about as awful and wrongheaded as you can imagine it was.
In the past, ESPN has been easy on Schilling, giving him no discipline for any number of social media missteps. In one case they disciplined Keith Law for respectfully engaging Schilling in a debate about evolution (Schilling isn’t buying it) but doing nothing to Schilling. Now, however, they’re bringing the hammer down! They released this statement a little bit ago:
ESPN comment on Schilling: Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.
Um, OK, maybe that’s not the hammer. That’s not even his real job. Indeed, in his heart of hearts I’m guessing Schilling and most other announcers tasked with doing the Little League World Series probably sees it, at the very least, as something of an imposition given the prep necessary and the extra travel which, presumably, does not bring with it much if any extra pay over and above their regular contracts.
Either way, Schilling is still the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. And he now gets his days off back.