The former major league pitcher and ESPN commentator, who turns 50 next month, also took questions from listeners to the Rhode Island station. Some of the questions concerned the collapse of his video-game company, 38 Studios, which received a $75-million taxpayer-backed loan in 2010. Two years later, the firm was bankrupt. “I never looked at it as a taxpayer investment,” he said, since he didn’t think the company would go broke.
He also discussed comments in which he appeared to defend video in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump remarked about a young girl: “I’ll be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
Trump was widely criticized for the remark, but Schilling had defended him in a Fox Business Network interview. “The conversation you’re having about the things he said about the 10-year-old girl, to me, is at the very heart of why this is a problem,” Schilling told the show’s host. “How many times — and I have three boys and a daughter — how many times have you looked at a young man and said, ‘Wow, is he going to be, he’s a beautiful young man. Wow, he’s a gorgeous young man,’ and that man was 12, 13, 14, 15?”
The host, Trish Regan, called him on that and Schilling stuck to his stance. On Tuesday, he clarified it — and Trump’s comment.
“I can only describe it as, I did a [poor] job in explaining my commentary,” Schilling said, calling Trump’s comments “awkward” and “inappropriate.”
“What I was trying to say is, that’s a common occurrence in everyday America – it’s just a guy who doesn’t understand how to talk like that, talking,” Schilling said. “Him saying, ‘I’m going to date her in 10 years’ is the equivalent of someone saying, ‘Wow, she’s a beautiful young lady.’ He just doesn’t have the social skills to convey that.”