Former American Major League Baseball player and a current ESPN correspondent, Curtis Montague Schilling, posted a rather controversial and offensive meme to his Twitter feed on August 25, comparing Nazis and Muslim extremists. The post has since led to his suspension.
Schilling’s post featured a photo of Adolf Hitler in the background and read, “It’s said ONLY 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, ONLY 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” The post was accompanied by the caption, “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.” Within ten minutes of uploading the insensitive photo, the ESPN analyst took it down. But it was up long enough for people to notice.
While Schilling, 48, did not immediately respond with a general apology, he did say sorry to people who tweeted their discontent to him, blaming him for spreading hatred.
ESPN released a statement soon after, calling their employee’s tweet “unacceptable” and not in the least representative of the “perspective” of the network.
Besides the blasting, Schilling was also benched from covering the Little League World Series and put under “further consideration.”
On the heels of this suspension, the former athlete acknowledged his mistake on Twitter. “I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault,” he posted, adding, “Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”
Farberov, S., “ESPN analyst Curt Schilling SUSPENDED after tweeting offensive meme coparing Muslims to Nazis,” Daily Mail web site, August 25, 2015; http://goo.gl/yeIfQC.