It’s only been a week since Curt Schilling was fired from ESPN for making anti-transgender remarks on social media. Even though the wound is still fresh, the former ESPN analyst took a hit at the sports conglomerate on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Breitbart News Patriot Forum.”
“Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN,” Schilling said. “They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”
The former Red Sox pitcher felt he was singled out because of his political views, a standard he felt that others with a more liberal point of view weren’t held to. He said that Republicans and Democrats were awarded different freedoms at ESPN.
“The memo that went out to everybody went out to all of us the same, which is: If you are a sport person, stick to sports, don’t get involved in the political arena,” he said.
“In the end, for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative,” he added.
He also noted that Stephen A. Smith and Tony Kornheiser both made controversial statements and received little to no repercussions.
“Bigots are calling me a bigot, ” he said. “A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”
The anti-transgender comments weren’t Schilling’s first. Since his retirement from baseball in 2009, he has come under fire in the past for unsavory and offensive social media remarks.
Last August, the former Phillies pitcher was suspended by ESPN for a tweet that compared Muslims to Nazis.
“It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” he tweeted.
Schilling was replaced by Jessica Mendoza on “Sunday Night Baseball” and was reassigned to a less prestigious Monday night spot.
Last month, he told a Kansas City radio station that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton should be “be buried under a jail somewhere” for using her private email while as Secretary of State.