So much for freedom of speech. ESPN has axed their network analyst and legendary pitcher, Curt Schilling, over posting a controversial meme on his Facebook page about the recent transgender bathroom issues that have been arising in several states.
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ESPN has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling over his comments on Facebook about transgender people.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ESPN said: ‘ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.’
This week, Schilling, 49, reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing. It included the phrase: ‘Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!’
Schilling added his own comments, saying, ‘A man is a man no matter what they call themselves’ and ‘Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.’
Schilling, whose 20-year playing career ended in 2007, was apparently referring to laws in several states that restrict bathroom access to transgender people.
The debate over gendered restrooms has centered around North Carolina’s House Bill 2, passed on March 25, which ordered public schools, government agencies and public college to designate bathrooms by biological sex stated on a person’s birth certificate.
Following the passing, the state suffered an avalanche of bad press and immediately after the announcement, PayPal, one of many companies that objected to the bill’s announcement, cancelled its $3.6million plans to open a center in Charlotte that would have brought 400 jobs to the state.
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