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Curt Schilling's Worst Offense Is Not a Transphobic Meme

The supposed advocate for smaller government sought $75 million from the state for his failed video game venture.

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Curt Schilling is widely considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He became a hero to Massachusetts baseball fans in 2004 when he led the Red Sox past the Yankees and on to the team's first World Series title since 1918, breaking the dreaded curse that had afflicted Beantown for nearly a century. Then he endorsed George W. Bush.

This political pitch was not nearly as popular in his adopted home state, but then, it probably shouldn't have come as a surprise. Schilling had previously called in to radio shows while he was playing for Philadelphia and has seemed unable to stop himself from wading into controversial issues since, even as he's transitioned to a new career as a sports commentator on ESPN. And while there's nothing legally wrong with expressing strong political opinions, an employer who hired Schilling for his baseball expertise might understandably react poorly when his commentary extends to political issues well outside that scope.

This week, ESPN decided Schilling had finally gone too far. After the network declined to terminate him when he created a public stir for comparing "Muslim extremists" to Nazis, or for saying Hillary Clinton "should be buried under a jail somewhere," his latest social media post reacting to the trans bathroom panic led the company to change its mind.

Whatever you think of the current bathroom hullabaloo, Schilling's perspective, or that of his detractors, his social media speech isn't nearly as harmful as his past efforts to fleece taxpayers of all stripes for personal gain while advocating for "smaller government." 

Watch below to see how Schilling pumped sycophantic state officials for tens of millions of dollars to prop up a nascent video game company that (spoiler alert!) then went bankrupt.

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  1. I for one think we should boycott baseball until there is better-representation for Transgender Muslim pitchers.

    1. something something switch hitters

  2. So let’s the ignore the current issue in order to once more flog the hobby horse of the past. I don’t recall anyone here having championed Schilling’s use of state funds.

    1. **so, let’s ignore the current**

    2. Hey, they spent a lot of time working on that video. Do you expect them to post it only once?

    3. I didn’t remember it was the same guy, so I have no problem with it.

      Although a link would have been more useful than an embedded video I’m not going to watch.

  3. $20 says this anti-transphobia meme is derpier.

    1. That 99% stat seems…off.

      1. Homosexuals never rape. That is a fact.

        1. Homosexuals are incapable of rape. Rape is an expression of power supremacy and is used to oppress its victims, and since gays are oppressed, not oppressers, they cannot rape.

          1. That’s why a Muslim man who rapes a Western woman isn’t a rape-rapist, he’s simply responding to centuries of Western oppression by holding down a screaming, sobbing figurehead and forcibly penetrating her against her will.

            1. They can’t help themselves.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-bJR9cDb6k

    2. I prefer the (technically truthful) one that says that you have a higher per-capita chance of being raped by a former Republican Senator than you do a trans person in a bathroom.

      But yeah, that one’s from the “pulled out of my ass” statistic.

    3. “We should send all girls to live with trangendered women!”

    4. “15% of all college girls are raped….99% of rapists are heterosexual men…19,000 rape cases reported by the army yearly”

      So what do Democrats want to talk about? Not enough girls going to college or the army and the heterosexual men in the government need more money to study teenage sexting.

  4. Kurt has to realize that when he says “Muslim extremists” the left only sees “Muslim” who, coincidentally, are their newest protected class.

    1. Curt is, has been, and will forever be a bloviating buffoon. That is a large part of the reason why ESPN hired him.

      1. Douchiest blowhard of the right, Curt Schilling or Ted Nugent?

        1. i think you mean “Douchier” because neither could possibly be the worst.

          I sorta like Ted. He’s entertainingly crazy.

          1. The correct answer is James Woods.

            1. Don Cherry.

      2. Schilling may be a bloviating buffoon, but what evidence is there that is a trait ESPN does not want in its on-air personalities?

    2. And yet Bob Costas lives.

  5. The new most important topic in the history of ever!

    The least most important topics in history of ever: the drug war, the Middle East wars, government corruption and cronyism.

  6. I’ve heard his game was actually pretty fun. Can anyone confirm?

      1. It’s a great game, but the camera angles are god awful.

  7. ESPN should refuse to broadcast the games of any team that has an athelete that doesn’t match ESPN’s standard of inclusiveness. Doing otherwise is tacit approval.

    1. Hence my comment about MLB discrimination against Trans-pitchers.

      1. You figure one would have been on a Division I Womens softball team by now.

        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO65UHoUJ8k

          This just feels appropriate as this conversation reminded me of an awesome 80’s movie concept. We’ve come full circle on gender bending.

        2. ugh. Xersons, please

  8. OT: Glenn Greenwald writes about Brazil’s political turmoil, makes a fool of himself.

    link text

    He seriously tries to claim that because the replacement for Roussef is also corrupt, it means that corruption is not the driving issue (he doesn’t seem to consider talking to the people protesting against her). Of course he manages to step on his own dick when he points out, in his own article, that Roussef’s replacement is also very unpopular….which does not not support his stupid point. Gleen Greenwald is a fucktard.

    1. SugarFreed.

      That said it’s no surprise as Greenwald is a big leftist. Isn’t he an apologist for Chavez and Maduro? And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a fan of Castro too.

  9. And while there’s nothing legally wrong with expressing strong political opinions, an employer who hired Schilling for his baseball expertise might understandably react poorly when his commentary extends to political issues well outside that scope.

    ESPN has a right to do it, but anyone pretending that ESPN is against political commentary from their team of hacks is lying through their teeth. Over the last few years, they have become the shrill morality police. Or at least the loudest among that particular class of sanctimonious pricks. They have people who wade into politics on their TV and radio stations all the time.

    Schilling was punished for repeatedly expressing conservative opinions.

  10. OT from TerrifyingPedagogy: Damnably faint praise from The Kochtopus

    http://thinkprogress.org/polit…..residency/

    In an interview on ABC News’ This Week that aired Sunday, Koch said that Bill Clinton was “in some ways” a better president than George W. Bush. “As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, it was two and a half times [greater] under Bush than it was under Clinton.”

    “So is it possible another Clinton could be better than another Republican next time around?” asked ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

    “It’s possible,” Koch said. “It’s possible.”

    1. I am reading as much into the statement as possible.

      1. The headlines have gone farther and farther in their attempts to do exactly that.

        the TP headline was =

        “”Prominent Conservative Will Only Support Republican Candidates If They Walk Back Policy Positions“”

        …which is perhaps only marginally ‘better’ than, “KOCH ENDORSES CLINTON”, but not any more accurate.

  11. ESPN is just making a market place response. What’s not to like?

    1. When more of the country agrees with Schilling than disagrees, I’d question whether it’s an actual market response.

    2. Note to Jackand Ace: The squeakiest wheel is not the same at “the market.” In fact, it might be much, much smaller than “the market.”

      1. Note to you: Thanks, but I think given their success ESPN understands their own market place better than you ever will. But we will see, eh? If they didn’t understand it as well as you, their ratings will drop as customers stay away.

        Guess what? You’re wrong.

        1. Yeah, I’m sure the average ESPN viewer is just terribly concerned about transgender bathroom rights….

  12. I’m going to make a video game where your character is a young girl who has to safely use a restroom while avoiding swarthy trans-women who expose their penises in order to urinate.

    I’m calling it Dark Poles. And no, you’ll never win.

  13. Reason’s stance on Freedom of Association brings to mind Lenin’s article from 1905:

    Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions. But every voluntary association (including the party) is also free to expel members who use the name of the party to advocate anti-party views. Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too. I am bound to accord you, in the name of free speech, the full right to shout, lie and write to your heart’s content. But you are bound to grant me, in the name of freedom of association, the right to enter into, or withdraw from, association with people advocating this or that view. The party is a voluntary association, which would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it did not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views.

    1. Blind squirrels, stopped clocks, etc.

    2. Cool story bro.

    3. “You can keep your doctor if you like your doctor.”

      “I’ll close Gitmo.

      “I’m against nation-building.”

      Water wet. Sun hot. Politicians don’t practice what they preach.

  14. Shouldn’t ESPM dissolve itself for being about sex-segregated sports?

    1. No, they can be forgiven for that. Their progressive cred is solid due to their work on the “OMG there’s a gay guy who might make it to the NFL” story from a couple years ago.

  15. Where did the picture in the “transphobic” meme originate from?

  16. So when will Reason come out against public accommodation? Oh wait you’ll get called a racist bigot and get boycotted and ostracized, especially by your leftie friends. Some Libertarian moment.

    1. Give it a REST.
      We got that you’re a whinny POS who only knows one chord.

  17. http://www.salon.com/2016/04/2…..for_worse/

    Game of Thrones is the male gaze or something. I’m pretty sure writers are just trolling salon at this point.

    1. Fucking Lyle Talbot…

    2. It is impressive that she could churn out so many words on the subject.

    3. “Game Of Thrones” does not, today, feel particularly different or relevant. In a world where the media portrayals of sexual assault, race relations, and the transgender experience are rapidly becoming not just familiar but de rigueur, the HBO drama’s nearly all-white fantasy world that so deliberately caters to the male gaze feels frustratingly antiquated…. ….. I’m not expecting “Game Of Thrones” to push the envelope in any exciting or interesting ways; when stressed, HBO errs toward bro, instead of the proverbial ho. Because “Game Of Thrones” is HBO’s flagship program, it’s cheating conservative to stay popular.

      but….but…. the gay-sex? the little-people? the Pirates of Color (PoC)?

      Seriously GoT, I totally used to be into you? But like, then you raped Sansa and like its i can’t even anymore so like I guess you’re just a corporate whore-bro like everyone else. Sigh.

      1. “it’s cheating conservative to stay popular.”

        WUT

      2. In a world where the media portrayals of sexual assault, race relations, and the transgender experience are rapidly becoming not just familiar but de rigueur […] I’m not expecting “Game Of Thrones” to push the envelope in any exciting or interesting ways […]

        In other words, you’re disappointed that it’s not Falling In Line with today’s “de rigueur” obsessions.

    4. I admit, as a fan of The Red Woman, I sort of like this sentence:

      In bridging the gap between the nerds and the bros, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created a show that had the high production values and male angst of so many prestige dramas, with the added injection of magic, boobs, and magical boobs.

    5. “The book “Game Of Thrones” chose to center its female characters as equally important as its male characters; in 1996, this was revolutionary.”

      LOL! Yeah, whoever heard of books starring female characters *in 1996!* Totally revolutionary. Never happened before.

      1. Perhaps it seems revolutionary to her because she graduated college in 2008.

    6. What look is she going for in that picture? “My last remaining cat has run away, do you have any spare razor blades?”

      1. You mean what look is Sonia Saraiya going for in her author pick? Because I think the answer is “I’m 30 years old and I’m still writing stupid bullshit about how there aren’t enough trans people on Game of Thrones.”

        1. She should cheerfully embrace her insipid obsessions like ESB, no need to be so down in the dumps about it

    7. She may have a point about HBO though. I don’t think that channel has a lot going for it.

    8. “In a world where the media portrayals of sexual assault, race relations, and the transgender experience are rapidly becoming not just familiar but de rigueur”

      Yeah because we never had that before.

  18. Speaking of Lenin check out Wikipedia’s Legacy section of his biography:

    Volkogonov claimed that “there can scarcely have been another man in history who managed so profoundly to change so large a society on such a scale”.[522] Lenin’s administration laid the framework for the system of government that ruled Russia for seven decades as well as providing the model for later Communist-led states which came to cover a third of the inhabited world in the mid-20th century.[523] In doing so, Lenin’s influence was global.[524] A controversial figure, Lenin remains both reviled and revered;[450] although he has been idolised by communists, he has been demonised by critics on both the left, such as democratic socialists and anarchists, and the right, such as conservatives and fascists.[525] Even during his lifetime, Lenin “was loved and hated, admired and scorned” by the Russian people.

    1. The historian Albert Resis suggested that if the October Revolution is considered to be the most significant event of the 20th century, then Lenin “must for good or ill be considered the century’s most significant political leader”.[527] Lenin biographer James D. White described Lenin as “one of the undeniably outstanding figures of modern history”,[528] while Service noted that the Russian leader was widely understood to be one of the 20th century’s “principle actors”.[529] Read considered him to be “one of the most widespread, universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century”,[530] while the historian James Ryan termed him “one of the most significant and influential figures of modern history”.[531] Time magazine named Lenin one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century,[532] and one of their top 25 political icons of all time.[533]

    2. In the Western world, biographers began writing about Lenin shortly after his death; some ? like Christopher Hill ? were sympathetic to him and others ? like Richard Pipes and Robert Gellately ? expressly hostile, although a number of later biographers such as Read and Lars Lih sought to avoid making either hostile or positive comments about him, thereby evading politicized stereotypes.[534] Among those sympathetic to him, he was portrayed as having made a genuine adjustment to Marxist theory that enabled it to suit Russia’s particular socio-economic conditions.[535] The Soviet view characterised him as a man who recognised the historically inevitable and accordingly helped to make the inevitable happen.[536] Conversely, the majority of Western historians have perceived him as a person who manipulated events in order to attain and then retain political power, moreover seeing his ideas as being attempts to ideologically justify his pragmatic policies.[536] More recently, revisionists in both Russia and the West have highlighted the impact that pre-existing ideas and popular pressures exerted on Lenin and his policies.

    3. Various historians and biographers have characterised Lenin’s administration as a totalitarian system of government,[538] with many also describing it as a one-party dictatorship.[539] Several such scholars have described Lenin as a dictator,[540] although Ryan stated that he was “not a dictator in the sense that all his recommendations were accepted and implemented”, for many of his colleagues disagreed with him on various issues.[541] Fischer noted that while “Lenin was a dictator, [he was] not the kind of dictator Stalin later became”,[542] while Volkogonov believed that whereas Lenin established a “dictatorship of the Party”, it would only be under Stalin that the Soviet Union became the “dictatorship of one man”.[543] Conversely, various Marxist observers ? including Western historians Hill and John Rees ? argued against the view that Lenin’s government was a dictatorship, viewing it instead as an imperfect way of preserving elements of democracy without some of the processes found in liberal democratic states.

  19. Whatever you think of the current bathroom hullabaloo, Schilling’s perspective, or that of his detractors, his social media speech isn’t nearly as harmful as his past efforts to fleece taxpayers of all stripes for personal gain while advocating for “smaller government.”

    The link Schilling’s perspective leads to 4 thousand pictures of chickens and ducks.

  20. Fuck ESPN.

    Thank you.

  21. “This political pitch was not nearly as popular in his adopted home state, but then, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Schilling had previously called in to radio shows while he was playing for Philadelphia and has seemed unable to stop himself from wading into controversial issues since, even as he’s transitioned to a new career as a sports commentator on ESPN. And while there’s nothing legally wrong with expressing strong political opinions, an employer who hired Schilling for his baseball expertise might understandably react poorly when his commentary extends to political issues well outside that scope.”

    This would all be a bit less bullshit if ESPN didn’t happen to have tons of leftists on staff who can’t avoid injecting their political opinions into fucking everything. See: Bomani Jones talking about race and the multiple sportscasters who can’t seem to keep their opinions about guns to themselves.

    This is pure hypocrisy. If something offends leftists, the speaker must be kicked from ESPN, but the unending left-wing propaganda is totally cool.

    1. Remember why they fired Cowherd for his comments about the education system in the Dominican? Remember how everyone freaked out including Jose Bautista? Even though what he said was basically right?

      I highly doubt the reaction is the same if a non-white person said something along those lines; particularly about whites.

      I guarantee you crickets. Or at least, it would be about ‘needing to start a conversation’ or some bull shit.

      1. Yeah, totally absurd to say that maybe people from a third world Caribbean country aren’t going to be well educated.

        It’s also funny because everyone who’s a fan of baseball has known that that’s a problem with Latin American players for a long time. A lot of them are super talented because they’re used to playing in tough situations (hitting a ball around a Caracas sand lot with a stick tends to teach you to hit in pretty awkward situations) but they don’t get good coaching so you see a lot of weird baserunning decisions and defensive play.

        Manny Ramirez was the worst example of this, but you’ve also got examples like Ruben Rivera’s hilarious base running mistake. Miguel Tejada had a famously ridiculous base running error once too, but I can’t find video.

        It’s a common problem with players from Central and South America, but apparently you aren’t supposed to say what everyone knows or ESPN will fire you.

        1. They don’t take pitches either (patience at the plate); they learn that in the Bigs.

          You see what you just said well manifested whenever Latin/South American teams play Korea/Japan.

          It has nothing to do with being ‘racist’ or ‘prejudicial’.

          Same thing in hockey. For years Europeans just didn’t play a physical game. It wasn’t their bag. And when it was pointed out like Don Cherry would, it was like breaking some sort of ‘don’t go there’ line.

          The Finns changed that stereotype and now the Europeans do mix it up more now.

      2. Cowherd’s comments were retarded. By his logic chess is less complex than baseball.

        1. I’m not following. You may have to refresh.

          1. Cowherd’s argument was that many Dominicans playing baseball means it must not be complex. This was in reaction to chatter after the Marlins GM stepped down to become the manager.

            If the education system of Soviet Turkmenistan can produce chess grandmasters

            1. It’s ironically an extremely proggy view of education. Normals don’t think K-12 education matters much for things people have been doing every day for 10 years and every other day for the prior 10 years.

            2. Ah.

              But his point about academics being poor in DR was more on point. His opinion about baseball not being complex; meh.

              Still an over reaction by ESPN and very PC.

      3. I thought Cowherd got fired because he was fkn retarded.

    2. Yeh, I might add. If someone on ESPN dared point out gun stats that run contrary to the narrative – ooo boy.

    3. Can you buy stock in FS1?

  22. I don’t watch sports. So what is the deal with ESPN? Why is ESPN doing politics? WTF is this network even?

    1. Jesus get out more. They’re TSN sr. It’s a sports media organization.

      They don’t do politics but as Irish pointed out, their personalities/writers constantly engage in it.

    2. Claims the guy who’s avatar on other comment threads is the Ottawa Senators (hockey team) logo.
      What a fkn tool.

  23. My father: “He should’ve been fired because he’s a terrible announcer.”

    Maybe this was just a convenient excuse.

  24. Now that makes no sense at all dude. None lol.

    http://www.Complete-Privacy.tk

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