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Curt Schilling Shares Meme Comparing Muslims to Nazi-Era Germans on Twitter

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterAugust 25, 2015

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Former MLB pitcher and noted espouser of digital discretion Curt Schilling spent a portion of his Tuesday engaged in an ironic bit of penance after sharing a video over his Twitter and Facebook accounts comparing Muslims to Nazi-era Germans.

The video itself is unintentional high comedy—a paranoid mixtape of Illuminati conspiracy theories predicting the world will be drowned in fire by next fall and it's all because America isn't in the Bible and thanks a lot, Obama.

But few who saw the ESPN baseball analyst's social media posts got as far as the video.

Most were hung up on the link's preview picture: a Photoshopped meme of Adolf Hitler adorned with "statistics" about Muslims and Nazis.

As Deadspin's Tom Ley noted, Schilling tweeted the link with the message, "The math is staggering when you get to true #'s."

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After facing immediate backlash from his followers, Schilling backed off the post. He's not the one saying it, he claimed; he's just saying the numbers are haunting:

Aaron Gleeman @AaronGleeman

Curt Schilling tweeted this a few minutes ago and then deleted it. http://t.co/utGwlnYfOW

Schilling then transitioned into full apology mode:

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@justindiaz92 i didnt say anything. If its anywhere true its terrifying in number

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@SwedishCar850 agreed, my apologies. That didn't come across in any way as intended or interpreted.

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@SI_DougFarrar na, that was purely on me, my mistake

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@tatsumaki4ryu ya, that ones on me. Apologies

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@JayBerman going to have a life of its own no matter what. Gotta own the fallout but no need to keep it alive that way

Some time after deleting the tweet, Schilling got around to scrubbing the post from his Facebook, where he appears to have initially discovered it via a group called "BREAK UP the IRS."

Curt Schilling @gehrig38

@PatriotsDynasty yup. Gotta own the times you go off the rails

Schilling has yet to issue a public apology as of this writing, but ESPN public relations representative Josh Krulewitz tweeted out a statement from the company calling Schilling's tweet "completely unacceptable" and announcing his immediate removal from the network's ongoing Little League World Series coverage.

Per Krulewitz:

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.

This seems like the best move ESPN could make in light of the number of people who remain less than enthused about its employee spreading the idea that one in 10 Muslims might be Nazi monsters awaiting activation.

Robert Silverman @BobSaietta

Hey Curt Schilling, you forgot to delete this from your Facebook page too. http://t.co/KWi9gBqYMc

Andrew Bucholtz @AndrewBucholtz

At least Cris Carter isn't the ESPN analyst currently in the hottest water. Guess Curt Schilling's his fall guy! http://t.co/cL1N85ceAa

Doug Gottlieb @GottliebShow

Curt Schilling needs a "Fall Guy" for that tweet

Desus Nice @desusnice

We curt schilling ketchup truthers been trying to warn ya'll

Big Cat @BarstoolBigCat

*Curt Schilling walks over to whiteboard* Board reads "Days since doing something racist on internet" *Erases number, writes 0* *Scene*

UPDATE

Schilling has issued an apology for the posts via Twitter:

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