Warning to all Twitter trolls: Your actions have repercussions, especially if your ugly comments are directed towards former baseball star Curt Schilling's daughter!
The protective dad turned detective on Monday, March 2, when he named and shamed a couple of young guys who had been harassing his daughter Gabby Schilling via Twitter, and hiding behind social media aliases.
The situation began last week when Schilling congratulated his daughter via Twitter on her acceptance to college where she'll be playing softball.
"Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year," the proud pop wrote on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
There followed a host of kind and congratulatory messages. But among the happy replies, and some lighthearted jokes that fellow students were looking forward to dating his daughter, came a few lewd, gross, and extremely unpleasant messages.
"[There were] tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow," Schilling subsequently explained in his blog. "I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb cr-p, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone," he continued.
His solution? To go "dadmode," track down who two of the guys were and publish the information right below the screenshots of their inappropriate comments.
"The Sports Guru? Ya he's a DJ named Adam Nagel (DJ is a bit strong since he's on the air for 1 hour a week) on Brookdale Student Radio at Brookdale Community College,” Schilling blasted. “How do you think that place feels about this stud representing their school? You don't think this isn't going to be a nice compilation that will show up every single time this idiot is googled the rest of his life? What happens when a potential woman he's after googles and reads this?" he wrote on his blog.
"The other clown?" he added. "He's VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I'd prefer to have no one I know in it. Also, does anyone attending Montclair State University have a student handbook? If so can you pass it along because I am pretty sure there are about 90 violations in this idiots tweets."
Since Schilling's actions, both Twitter accounts have been deleted and Brookdale Community College released a statement on Facebook saying the student involved had been suspended.
The former VP of the Theta Xi fraternity who went by the Twitter handle "Hollywood” was later outed as Sean MacDonald, now a graduate working part-time as a ticket seller for the Yankees. As soon as his identity became public, he was fired immediately.
Jason Zillo, the team's director of communications told the news outlet NJ.com, "We have zero tolerance for anything like this."
Schilling was pleased with the outcome. "These boys have yet to understand one of life's most important lessons," Schilling wrote later in his blog. "In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things."