- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who was fired by ESPN last week for comments he made online against transgender people, said the network is biased against conservatives and employs “some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”

“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,” Mr. Schilling said in a recorded interview for SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” that aired Thursday, Newsday reported.

“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,” Mr. Schilling added.

Asked to clarify his remarks after the show, he told Newsday, “The memo that was sent out more than once was about they wanted on air-talent to focus on sports. To me that means focus on sports unless you want to talk about something that is part of the liberal agenda.”

“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],” Mr. Schilling said. “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. But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports.”

Mr. Schilling, who worked at ESPN since 2010, was fired after sharing an online meme critical of the LGBT community and bathroom bills, writing, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves.”

Mr. Schilling said he has nothing against transgender people, he just doesn’t think men and women should be sharing bathrooms.

“My commentary around it was the functionality of men’s and women’s bathrooms,” he said on the Breitbart show, Newsday reported.

“In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative,” he said. “Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”

Mr. Schilling said he’s been “fielding offers” for a new job in baseball analysis but refuses to work at a company where he can’t speak his mind.

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