Former star baseball player Curt Schilling has been officially removed from the ESPN broadcast booth for the rest of the Major League Baseball season, the victim of what amounts to a code of silence when it comes to Islam. The cable network giant announced Thursday that Schilling would not only be taken off the Little League World Series but also from his analysis gig on Sunday Night Baseball.
“Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company,” ESPN said in a statement.
The problem stems from a “retweeted” image Schilling posted on his Twitter feed last month. The image said: It’s said ONLY 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, ONLY 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go? Behind the text was a picture of Adolf Hitler performing his iconic salute. Schilling included a message of his own, saying, “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”
After his initial suspension, Schilling appeared apologetic. “Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”
That might have been the end of it, but coverage of the incident apparently got under his skin. After Dan Levy of Awful Announcing wrote a piece excoriating the pitcher, Schilling wrote him a long letter, the text of which may have inspired ESPN to take further action. In part, the letter said:
For what it is worth I apologized for tweeting. 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. […] But to paraphrase, when a radical minority is opposed by a silent and weak majority, really really bad stuff can, and has, and likely will again, happen.
Of course, this isn’t about the validity or lack thereof in Schilling’s tweet. This is about political correctness, as Sarah Palin said on her Facebook page in the aftermath of the controversy. “Was he wrong? No!” The difference between Hitler’s army and the genocidal maniacs of ISIS is that the jihadists don’t have as much power…yet,” Palin wrote.
Muslims are fiercely protected by the left’s PC thought codes in 2015. What’s funny is that by condemning Schilling for this message, ESPN and other liberal critics are basically saying that ALL Muslims should be offended. Which means, of course, that ALL Muslims are extremists. Whoops!
But that’s not the way they see it. Because we now live in the AGE OF OBAMA, and our Supreme Leader has declared that any Muslim that is an extremist is – automatically – not a real Muslim. Therefore, any mention of “Muslim extremists,” “Muslim terrorists,” “Islamic terrorism,” and so forth can be immediately categorized as offensive and bigoted. Under these rules, it’s no surprise that a baseball player like Schilling would get caught in a trap. He’s used to playing a fair game.
Liberals…well, they only know how to play dirty.