Last week, ESPN commentator and former pitcher in the MLB Curt Schilling was fired after he shared a meme about transgendered men in women’s bathrooms, and he really wasn’t too happy about it. So in a recent radio interview, the legendary pitcher made a damning revelation about his former employer that’s definitely going to leave a sour taste in conservatives’ mouths.
During an appearance on Breitbart’s News Patriot Forum, Schilling revealed that ESPN is all about some free speech, but it’s only if you toe the liberal line at the network, otherwise you’re targeted by executives. In fact, he cited numerous other commentators that had made racist or bigoted comments, and not a single one was fired or reprimanded for them.
“It was apparent to me early on that if you wanted to go off topic as a sports person you had to go off topic left, or you were going to get in trouble. … Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”
Shilling argued that those attacking him at the network are the true bigots, since they had zero tolerance for a differing point of view.
“In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”
He also accused fellow sportscasters of being racist and making racist remarks, but that the network allowed it because they were liberal.
“You listen to Stephen A. Smith, and Stephen A. Smith was the guy who said that Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he’s black. No, Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he [stunk].”
“Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS. I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics. But I don’t care,” he added. “It’s OK. I think those conversations need to happen. But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports.”
Schilling also said that ESPN has several closet Republicans working there, but that you wouldn’t ever know it because they’re afraid to express their views out of fear of repercussion.
This isn’t the first time Schilling got in trouble with the network. Last year, he shared a meme comparing Islamic extremists to Nazis, and after severe online backlash he was suspended for a short period of time.