Secondly - they rightly - along the road to Damascus, thankfully, saw the light. True, they upheld their suspension of Curt from Little League, and yes they later said Schilling wouldn’t be shilling for the rest of the regular season or the Wild Card Playoff Game, but then, after he posted up some heady, headstrong images and thoughts – that some Muslims are dangerous and some Americans are oblivious to that fact, illegal immigration is bad, the Iranian nuclear deal is awful, American soldiers are good, self-reliance is good as well, pay for your own birth control why don’t ya - to Facebook - ESPN public relations/media fellow, Josh Krulewitz, asked by Deadspin to comment, had nothing to say.
Their conversion to common sense couldn’t be because Schilling folded like a cheap suit, humiliating himself before the altar of mandatory-lefty-liberal-PC ESPN views – because Schilling didn’t.
(Though after his Muslim-Nazi re-spread, he initially bled a seemingly, pathetic regret:
I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.)
In fact, you’d figure ESPN would be even more peeved at Schilling when he later clarified his apology. He wasn’t sorry for his content but was sorry for using Twitter to display it.
The initial retweet (and a comment added by Curt) that got ESPN’s knickers in a knot was controversial, given today’s crazy politics in the States.
Islamists were probably offended about the 5 to 10% range – they probably think their numbers are way higher. And the perpetually pissed off politically correct types, were pissed off even more. They think that any pointed comment about the religion of peace – in this case comparing their radicals to Nazis - should be SHOT DOWN with the commentator SHUT UP. ESPN took the easy way out, explaining that Curt’s comments didn’t reflect the company’s perspective.
Whatever that means - because their perspective hasn’t been explained...
How much better it would have been for ESPN to initially just take middle-America-fly-over-country’s thoughts: Good on him and what’s ESPN fussing all about?
Fox pointed out the double standard between Schilling’s retweet and ESPN’s football analyst Cris Carter’s advocating a criminal act in recommending football bad actors have a “fall guy” to blame for law breaking, when speaking at an NFL Rookie Symposium last year ...ESPN condemned his remarks, but didn’t suspend him.
For fun, we could speculate on ESPN’s initial perspective. Did they think that there are no extremist Muslims, or did they think that Curt’s numbers were too low, or more likely, too high? Or, which was probably the case, they would rather not discuss Islam, unless in praise, for fear of giving offense? So we don’t know if ESPN thought the re-tweet and Curt’s comment were truthful or false...
But in pulling ex-pitcher Schilling from Little League coverage the organization seemed not to care a whit whether their reaction fit with their website’s solemn declaration which says: “Our reputation and credibility...are of paramount concern.” Most Americans, especially those not employed by HuffPost Sports, thought the scorched-earth whack-job reaction to Schilling’s action was way out of line.
Sarah Palin gave no quarter. In Facebook she said that in criticizing Schillings blast, ESPN is, at worst intentionally, or, at best, inadvertently, buying “into the propaganda of ISIS...”
Ultimately, though most might think this simply was (or should be) a freedom-of-speech situation, it isn’t. If an employer, any employer, such as ESPN, deems a worker’s comments unsuitable they have a right to fire that person. It doesn’t make it right. In fact, in a case like this, it makes it ludicrous - but them’s the breaks.
And but here, until ESPN’s new spinaroo, there were no winners except for the appease-Allah-at-all-costs lobby...
Now what about ESPN’s turnaround? Shockingly, Josh Krulewitz wouldn’t take the bait and bite Curt for his newer Facebook musings. Curt’s gotta be thanking his Christian lord for the non-reaction.
Do Josh and ESPN backers now think:
- Schilling’s latest messages are correct.
- Schilling’s latest messages are incorrect but they can trumpet their acceptance of that “free speech thing” and even though ESPN, as an employer, can still can Curt, they’ve decided maybe to bite the bullet and give him a free pass whilst differentiating themselves from HuffPost Sports who ardently, even statistically via an FBI report and an EU report, have attempted to slay and shred Curt’s Muslim-menace percentages.
- It might be part of 2) let Schilling say what he wants: to react negatively brings only more attention to his issues and detracts from ESPN’s neutered in left-wing-liberalism stances (and besides most right-minded Americans, pun intended, agree with Schilling.)
- They figure: aw, heck, let him trash talk. After that we’ll let him walk. He’s only got one year left on his contract.
Josh’s non-move is probably a wise move. Leave Curt be. Schilling is no shrinking violet and to wrestle with the guy, if you are not going to fire him outright, only confuses red-meat males: your original base.
Some feel Schilling should stick to sports. Why? Entertainment and Sports Programming Network ESPN goes political – sticking it to Donald Trump and savoring to newly-newsy debutante Caitlyn Jenner.
Q) A Trump-twitter question: Who won the first Democratic Party presidential debate -
when four of the five candidates, asked to name political enemies, atrociously - but not astonishingly, named Americans.
A) Schilling answered: ISIS.
Geez, he’s still throwing strikes, still head-hunting - not ISIS-like - but enough, normally-basically, for ESPN, to dislike...
Let’s go with 4. The ballsy baseball guy will be toast once more, once his contract is up.