Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ESPN pundit who has found himself in hot water with his employer for his fiery hot takes in the past, ignored a corporate memo about refraining from political discourse and put Hillary Clinton and, for good measure, Donald Trump on full blast on Super Tuesday.
In an interview with 610 Sports radio in Kansas City, host Danny Parkins asked Schilling if he thinks Clinton should go to jail for using a private email server.
“I hope she does. If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General [David] Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
Petraeus pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified material, avoiding jail time — a fate Schilling thinks Clinton deserves.
“If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll be stunned and upset,” Schilling said. “Because I think she’s shown her true colors all along the way, and I’ll ask you this: Do you see her being anything even remotely different than what we’ve had?”
Parkins pointed out Clinton’s credentials as senator and first lady, to which Schilling responded: “I don’t care what her titles are. She’s done nothing. She’s done absolutely nothing to further the success of the middle class. She jumps on the backs of people who she wants to be dependent on government. She needs these people to be dependent on her.”
The problem with Schilling’s political comments is that ESPN reminded employees in January to refrain from such talk, given that this is an election year. (You might have heard something about that.) In a memo posted on its corporate blog, company officials wrote:
“We should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns (including but not limited to on platforms such as Twitter or other social media). Approved commentaries on sports-specific issues, or seeking responses from candidates on relevant news issues, are appropriate. However perceived endorsements should be avoided. (In other cases, guidelines, acceptable commentary and political advocacy should prevail).”
Asked to comment on Schilling’s comments, an ESPN spokesman told The Post in an email: “We are addressing it.”
Schilling, who said he is a registered independent and has donated to Ben Carson’s campaign, isn’t much of a Trump fan, either.
“I’m tired of the ‘We’re Going To Make America Great Again’ [slogan]. I get it, but what does that mean? If nothing else, Donald Trump has proven to politicians in every corner in the globe that America’s voting bloc is giving a giant middle finger to the establishment.
“Listen, he hasn’t elaborated, like, on two sentences for a policy. ‘We’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.’ Okay, how? ‘Well, I’ll tell you later.’ There has been no depth to anything he’s said. But, look at the turnout. Look at the response, absolutely staggering to me. The only thing that tells me is people are sick and tired of the status quo, sick and tired of the lying, sick and tired of the manipulating.”
Schilling, a conservative who claimed that being a Republican cost him Hall of Fame votes, has run afoul of ESPN’s practices before. Most recently, he was taken off Little League World Series duty last summer for tweeting about Muslims and Nazis. Earlier this month, he sensed that his political takes might lead to his demise at the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
In his donation form for the Carson campaign, which was obtained by CNN, Schilling wrote “ESPN (Not Sure How Much Longer)” under the section “name of employer” and “Analyst (For Now Anyway)” for his occupation.
H/T The Big Lead