Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired from the network Wednesday, a day after he drew intense criticism for promoting offensive commentary on social media.
Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010, was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders.
The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women's clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: "LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die."
To that, Schilling, 49, added: "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."
"ESPN is an inclusive company," ESPN said in a statement. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."
BRAVES, MLB SUED: The family of a fan who fell to his death from the upper deck at Turner Field filed a lawsuit against the Braves and Major League Baseball. Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga., died Aug. 29 after falling over a low railing. The suit accuses the team and MLB of disregarding fan safety.
INDIANS: OF Lonnie Chisenhall was activated from the 15-day disabled list after recovering from a wrist injury.
PHILLIES: RH reliever Andrew Bailey was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and LHP James Russell was designated for assignment. Bailey, 31, was a two-time All-Star closer with the A's but had appeared in only 10 games the past two seasons because of shoulder injuries.
RED SOX: An MRI exam on RHP Joe Kelly found no structural damage in his shoulder. Kelly went on the 15-day disabled list.
YANKEES: LF Brett Gardner was scratched because of a stiff neck.