Curt Schilling is trending Wednesday night as news spreads that ESPN has fired him following a controversial retweet and follow-up comments about the transgender community.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 21, 2016
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) April 21, 2016
Good for ESPN for exercising their right to do business with people of their choosing. Can everyone else now?https://t.co/ASeWwctM6L
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) April 21, 2016
BuzzFeed posted the following screenshot as part of its coverage and reports that Schilling later deleted the tweet.
Dear God, Curt Schilling. pic.twitter.com/GEEs5Q2Ppj
— Brandon Benson (@bensonbrandon10) April 19, 2016
.@ESPN, having knowingly hired Curt Schilling, fires Curt Schilling for being Curt Schilling. I think I can save you a step or two here guys
— Popehat (@Popehat) April 20, 2016
While many applauded ESPN’s action, others wished the network were a bit more consistent with its definition of unacceptable conduct.
— BT (@back_ttys) April 21, 2016
— The Hill (@thehill) October 27, 2015
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) April 21, 2016
The Tea Party is like ISIS? That’s the sort of invaluable sports analysis that keeps people tuning in to ESPN. And how could the network have gone on without the comedic stylings of sports journalist Kenny Mayne?
— Dave S (@19amish) April 21, 2016
— Trump is a leftist (@RightAllTheTime) April 21, 2016
Ah yes, that was over Williams saying that President Obama golfing with then-Speaker John Boehner was like “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.” That comment was a terrible stab at the president. And speaking of stabbing …
Still employed by ESPN pic.twitter.com/ukVyRyyFzG
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) April 21, 2016
I wish ESPN would fire every last on-air personality they have, and just showed games in silence
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 21, 2016
Rep. Mike Honda, who had the transgender flag raised in front of his office in March alongside Old Glory, applauded ESPN for purging itself of Schilling’s hatred.
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 21, 2016
Good thing ESPN headquarters doesn't have men's rooms and women's rooms or this would seem quite hypocritical
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2016
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.