BOSTON (CBS) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has stirred up new controversy with a Facebook post he shared about transgender people.
The post shows a man with the words: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!”
The ESPN analyst didn’t create the meme, but he did respond, defending it. “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” he said.
Schilling later deleted the post, and a day later, clarified himself in a fiery blog post.
“This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious,” Schilling wrote. “I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”
“I don’t care who, what, where or why you are who you are. I care about people and how they treat others. You will NEVER in your lives find a single person who’s met me/knows me who would ever say I treated them as anything other than a human. None.”
Freedom Massachusetts, a campaign aimed at bringing about equality under state law, fired back:
“These comments are unfortunate because they perpetuate the discrimination faced by transgender people every day. We also know that Curt Schilling doesn’t speak for anyone who has taken the time to get to know a transgender person. It’s worth noting the Boston Red Sox are well-ahead on this issue — having thrown tremendous support behind the transgender protections bill here in Massachusetts, alongside every other professional sports team in New England, and for that we are grateful.”
Schilling doesn’t shy away from controversy. Last summer, ESPN suspended its baseball analyst for sharing a meme on several social media platforms, comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis.