- The Washington Times - Friday, April 22, 2016

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling insisted Friday that he’s “not transphobic” after he was fired by ESPN this week for comments he made online supporting bathroom bills.

Mr. Schilling reposted an Internet meme showing a picture of a man in a wig and women’s clothing that had the words “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”

In his own words, Mr. Schilling added, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

ESPN called the comments “unacceptable” in announcing Mr. Schilling’s firing Wednesday.

Mr. Schilling defended himself Friday morning on SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Daily.”

“Hate takes effort,” he told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. “Hate takes energy. There’s far too much in this world that requires effort and energy otherwise that I don’t have the energy to hate. I don’t hate anything.”

Mr. Schilling compared the accusations against him to someone who has never molested children being accused of being a child molester, Breitbart reported.

“That’s how I feel,” Mr. Schilling said. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I’m not transphobic. I’m not homophobic. My 16-year-old son is one of the founding members of the LBGT club in high school. That’s his group. That’s the people he loves and hangs out with. He has no blinders on. His whole world is about ‘I don’t care who you are and what you are — you’re good people.’ Those kids are in and out of this house all the time. I’ve never in my life treated somebody based on a racial denomination or religion or sexual preference. I don’t care. I’ve never cared. As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with. So that, to me, to be where we’re at — something had to go wildly askew.

“I’m 49 years old. I had a company with almost 400 employees,” he continued. “I had many people that were transgender. There were people that were gay and all the things that were like that. They were some of the greatest people in the world; they’re still friends and some of the people I talk with. If in my past, I’d ever been a racist or I’d ever said something racist or if I had ever been transphobic or homophobic, somebody somewhere would have said something I’m sure given my status.”

He said he refuses to apologize for his personal opinions.

“Beliefs, to me, are things that are foundational to what makes you,” he told Breitbart. “Jesus was the living Son of God, that’s a belief. I know that. An opinion is that I don’t think men should pee in women’s bathrooms, and vice versa. That’s an opinion. I don’t think anything differently about people because of that opinion. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. There’s a discussion to be had.”

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