ESPN commentator and former pitcher Curt Schilling will not appear on ESPN for the stretch run of the MLB season.
Josh Krulewitz of ESPN Public Relations shared the network’s statement on Schilling:
At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.
Schilling was originally suspended from ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series after he sent a controversial tweet.
Steve Almasy of CNN.com provided context from the original suspension:
The tweet re-posted a meme that reads: "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?"
The text was superimposed of a red-tinted photo of Adolf Hitler.
Schilling added, "The math is staggering when you get to true #'s."
Schilling seemed remorseful in the aftermath of his suspension:
This isn’t the first time Schilling found himself embroiled in controversy. Almasy pointed out the former pitcher debated the merits of evolution with various users on Twitter in November and told a Boston radio station he hasn’t been voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame because he politically identifies as a Republican.
Schilling also recently exchanged emails with former Bleacher Report employee Dan Levy, who currently works for Awful Announcing. In the emails, Schilling was critical of the way his suspension was covered and questioned the integrity of the media when it discusses him.
ESPN hired Schilling in 2010, and he typically appears as a game analyst or commentator on Baseball Tonight.