Six months after he was fired by ESPN for sharing controversial takes on social and political topics, Curt Schilling reportedly is joining Breitbart, getting a national outlet as he edges closer to deciding whether to challenge Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018.
“He got kicked off ESPN for his conservative views,” Breitbart editor in chief Alex Marlow said of the former major league pitcher. “He’s a really talented broadcaster.”
ESPN fired Schilling in April for what the network said was “unacceptable” conduct. Schilling had shared an anti-LGBTQ Facebook post.
To that he had added the message: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. 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.”
The month before, he told a radio station that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere,” in apparent violation of an ESPN policy on commentary related to the presidential election. However, the network allowed the former pitcher to keep his position as an analyst on Monday baseball telecasts.
In September 2015, he had been taken off ESPN’s baseball coverage after he shared a meme that compared extremism in today’s Muslim world to Nazi Germany in 1940. Shortly after that, a filing with the Federal Election Commission showed that Schilling, while donating $250 to Ben Carson’s presidential campaign, had listed his employer as “ESPN (Not Sure How Much Longer)” and, under “Occupation,” he wrote, “Analyst (For Now Anyway).”
Schilling hasn’t officially announced that he will challenge Warren, but last week he said he would run — with one big “if.”
“I’ve made my decision. I’m going to run,” Schilling told a Rhode Island radio station, “but I haven’t talked to Shonda, my wife. And ultimately it’s going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids.”