New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin was emotional talking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Curt Schilling was, too, but in a different way.
Coughlin’s son, Tim, escaped from the 60th floor of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. “Well, it’s not an easy thing to put into words because of all the emotions that run when you think of the flag, when you think of 9/11, when you think of Ground Zero, when you think of all the people who’ve been affected by this,” Coughlin said on Sirius NFL Radio’s Opening Drive (via Ralph Vacchiano on The Blue Screen). “But one of the things that does put the goosebumps on top of my goosebumps is the reaction of all Americans to this news and what’s going on on the college campuses, what has taken place spontaneously in down town New York City and Washington, D.C., to the Mets-Philles game last night, those type of things. It just about takes your breath away.”
Schilling was happy that bin Laden was finally caught, but took issue with the idea of giving him a proper Muslim burial in an interview on “The Dennis and Callahan Show” (via NESN):
“I'm pissed because I can't fathom why we would honor the Muslim traditions for a guy who Muslims have been telling us for 10 years doesn't represent the true Muslim faith,” Schilling said. “And our government has been telling us the same thing.
“Who were they worried about offending? Radical Muslims?”
He step it back a bit after that.
“I get it. If it means we put one of our soldiers in harm's way, then you do the right thing [and provide the proper burial],” Schilling said. “We're allowed to gripe and moan about it because we don't man a weapon and stand a post, and I understand that. It's just offensive to me.
“It's not the right way to feel, but given what he and his people have done to innocent men and women around the world and our armed forces, it was a little bit too quick and easy for him getting out of this one.”