ESPN has long since established it’s politically correct bona fides, and added to that reputation Tuesday when the network announced that baseball analyst Curt Schilling was suspended after posting a meme on social media comparing radical Islamists to Nazis.
The sports media giant is jointly owned by The Walt Disney Co. and the Hearst Corp., with Disney operating the network through its 80 percent controlling ownership interest, so the suspension comes as no surprise.
The Hill reported that Shilling posted a photo of Adolf Hitler on Twitter, along with the caption: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
He would later delete the tweet, but a screen shot is here:
Curt Schilling tweeted this a few minutes ago and then deleted it. pic.twitter.com/utGwlnYfOW
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) August 25, 2015
ESPN issued a statement Tuesday on the incident.
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” the statement said. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Shilling, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and a World Series MVP, posted a response to the suspension on Twitter, accepting responsibility for his actions.
I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
The former player has been outspoken about his political beliefs, once saying he was not inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame because he is a Republican, The Hill reported.
Interestingly, Schilling is an avid collector of World War II memorabilia, including a number of Nazi uniforms with swastikas, according to the Boston Globe.
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