Report: Curt Schilling sends angry email to writer that covered his offensive … – For The Win
Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling was removed from ESPN programming last week after tweeting an insensitive image that compared Muslims to Nazis. Schilling, who has worked for ESPN since 2010, was pulled from ESPN’s broadcast of the Little League World Series over the weekend, and was replaced by Jessica Mendoza on Sunday Night Baseball.
For The Win covered Schilling’s tweet and his subsequent punishment, as did nearly every other sports website on the Internet. Schilling took offense to a series of articles about his tweet published by Awful Announcing, and sent a long email to writer Dan Levy, which was published on Awful Announcing Tuesday, defending the tweet that got him suspended.
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that.
Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what’s left of the publics trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn’t need to, and smearing someone’s reputation to do it. Any thought at all as to my children and their thoughts if they read the lie you created? That’s an honest question. I dealt with it in my home, but I always wonder when people of your ilk give ruining someone a shot, if you ever do think about the family you impact. Especially when you are creating a story that never happened to do it.
And for what it is worth I apologized for tweeting.”
Schilling tweeted that he accepted his suspension and called the incident “a bad decision.”
In Schilling’s email to Levy, however, he wrote that he refuses to “apologize for the content of the tweet.” Schilling contends that he was comparing “radical” Muslims to Nazis, not “peace-loving” Muslims.
“The forum was about as poor a choice as I could have made in trying to elicit a potential discussion on that topic. I did not, and will not apologize for the content of the tweet. If you, or anyone else, can’t wrap your head around your native language enough to understand that omitting words, or adding them, is plain and simple lying when it comes to journalism.”
You can read Schilling’s entire email at Awful Announcing. During the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast that Schilling was absent from, his former teammate John Kruk advised viewers to take Schilling’s comments “with a grain of salt.”
An ESPN spokesman told For The Win that “we weren’t aware of Curt’s plan to craft or send this email.”