He doesn’t care who’s calling foul, he’s not backing down. Baseball legend and ESPN analyst Curt Schilling caused a major stir online on Tuesday, April 19, after he not only refused to apologize for an anti-trans meme he shared via Facebook, but also defended his actions.
In a blog post titled “The hunt to be offended,” Schilling, 49, called those who were angered by the meme “dense” and “gutless cowards.”
“This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious,” he wrote of the outcry that flooded the Internet after he shared the meme on Monday. “I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”
The picture in question showed a man dressed as a woman, with the caption, “Let him in! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
Schilling added his own thoughts to the repost, likely created in response to North Carolina’s recent law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” he commented on his repost. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
His post has since been deleted.
In his blog post Tuesday, Schilling added that he’s “not even close to any of the things you so desperately want me to be, so you can whine.” Furthermore, he added, he doesn’t “represent anyone but myself here, on Facebook, on Twitter, anywhere.”
ESPN has since said that they will be looking into the matter and taking appropriate actions.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it,” the network said in a statement.
Last summer, Schilling made headlines for sharing a meme that compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans. ESPN suspended him throughout the baseball post-season.
He later deleted the post and apologized via Twitter, writing, “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.”
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