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Curt Schilling says ESPN has ‘some of the biggest racists in sports commentating’

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. The Associated Press

You knew that Curt Schilling wasn’t going to go quietly into that good night.

Schilling, the former star pitcher in the major leagues, was fired by ESPN on April 20 for his comments about transgender people. Schilling recorded an appearance on Sirius Radio’s “Breitbart News Daily” that was scheduled to be aired Thursday morning.

Newsday reported what Schilling said, and he didn’t hold back with his criticism of ESPN.

“Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN,” Schilling said. “They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”

He added: “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.”

Schilling got into trouble last month after an interview with 610 Sports, when he was asked about whether or not he thought Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should go to prison.

“I hope she does. If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server and after what happened to General (David) Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere,” Schilling said.

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