Former Major League Baseball pitcher and ESPN commentator Curt Schilling revealed free speech at ESPN is only free if you’re a liberal. Further, Schilling reported racist commentary coming from the network sportscasters.
Schilling told Breitbart’s News Patriot Forum, “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.”
Schilling argued the real bigots are the very ones accusing him of bigotry.
“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.”
Accusing ESPN sportscasters of frequently playing the race card, Schilling said, “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].”
Schilling explained how ESPN has a zero tolerance policy for opinions that don’t line up with its liberal ideology, and for conservative commentators like himself. Schilling pointed out that ESPN gives a free pass to commentators who spout extreme leftist ideas, like fellow sportscaster Tony Kornheiser.
“Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS. I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics. But I don’t care. It’s OK. I think those conversations need to happen,” Schilling said. “But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports.”
Schilling knows firsthand the repercussions for being openly conservative. The three time World Series champion voiced his support on Facebook for state policies to keep bathroom use based on biological sex instead of gender identity. He was subsequently fired by ESPN for doing so.