Schilling fired by ESPN over post about ‘bathroom bills’

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN fired Curt Schilling, a baseball analyst and former Boston Red Sox star pitcher, following his comments on Facebook about legislation to assure access to bathrooms and other facilities for transgender people.

In a statement Wednesday, ESPN said “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable.” The Walt Disney-owned cable-television network added that “ESPN is an inclusive company.”

This week, Schilling reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing. It included the phrase: “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 comments, saying, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Schilling was apparently referring to laws in several states regarding bathroom and locker room access for transgender people.

Earlier Wednesday, Schilling defended the post on his blog, saying he was expressing his opinion and those criticizing him are frauds.