Curt Schilling is still upset that ESPN gave him the boot after he was warned not to comment on political issues while already suspended for commenting on political issues.
He took to Breitbart and cried that you can comment on ESPN, as long as you went off topic left.
Schilling, who has repeatedly decried echo chambers and safe spaces, appeared on the “Breitbart News Patriot Forum.” He said that ESPN’s real problem with him was not that he commented on politics, but that his political comments expressed the wrong ideology. “It was apparent to me early on that if you wanted to go off topic as a sportsperson,” Schilling said, “you had to go off topic left, or you were going to get into trouble.”
He claimed that ESPN, which once suspended Keith Law from Twitter for politely defending evolution from attacks by Schilling, is biased against conservatives, as proven by its continued employment of on-air talent he considers racist.
Schilling did not specifically clarify which of his former co-workers were racist or had said racist things. But he was asked, after the show, about his belief that ESPN only punishes political speech on one side of the spectrum, and gave two examples.
“The memo that was sent out more than once was about they wanted on air-talent to focus on sports. To me that means focus on sports unless you want to talk about something that is part of the liberal agenda.“You listen to Stephen A. Smith, and Stephen A. Smith was the guy who said that Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he’s black. No, Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for the Redskins because he [stunk].“. . .
Tony Kornheiser compared the Tea Party to ISIS. I don’t know any planet where those are sports topics. But I don’t care. It’s OK. I think those conversations need to happen. But as soon as you go to the flip side, the right side, there are repercussions for not talking about sports.”
(Here are the contexts of Smith’s and Kornheiser’s comments. Smith was speculating on whether Jay Gruden’s treatment of Griffin differed from that of Kirk Cousins, and how that fit into a long history of black quarterbacks being held to different standards. Kornheiser was interviewing a political journalist about infighting within the Republican Party, and mentioned ISIS as an example of a rejectionist movement.)
ESPN only cares about revenues and not generating controversies. They may not be handling all these outspoken athletes that great, but I'd say it's pretty hard to corral them all. However, Schilling is a whiner and a liar about what happened to him.