Two days after ESPN terminated his contract, Curt Schilling still won’t apologize for his controversial anti-transgender remarks posted on his Facebook page and personal website.
But he will defend himself.
“I’m not transphobic. I’m not homophobic,” Schilling said in an interview with Stephen K. Brannon of the Breitbart News Daily airing on SiriusXM. “If in my past I’d ever been a racist or I had ever said something racist, or if I had ever been transphobic or homophobic, somebody somewhere would have said something I’m sure given my status.”
Um, that’s the point. Schilling’s defense comes days after an anti-transgender meme he shared on his Facebook page went viral. The 216-game winner removed the post from his page, but later wrote a blog post in which he defended the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using restrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth gender.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” he wrote. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, the men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
The controversial post led to ESPN making the decision to fire Schilling one day later. The 49-year-old said he does not regret what he wrote and is proud he stood up for his beliefs. He admitted his financial situation — he made more than $100 million as a player, even if he lost an untold chunk of that fortune in a failed video game venture — made it easier.
“If that job meant I had to continue doing it to put a roof over the head of my family and food on the table, I’m probably acting differently than I did,” he said. “A lot of people can’t or won’t jeopardize what they do for a living to be and espouse the things they believe and are.
“I’m not that guy … At a company where the rules are different based completely and solely on your perspective and your beliefs, it didn’t work. They didn’t like that.”
Perhaps in an attempt to clean up an image that is becoming more divisive by the day, Schilling said he would accept a transgender person in his own family.
“If my 16-year-old son came home tomorrow and said to me ‘Dad, I want to be a woman,’ I would be disappointed,” he said, adding his son is a founding member of the LGBT club at his high school. “Because as a man and a father, I want my son to experience fatherhood and being a father…But I wouldn’t care. I wouldn’t care. I would not feel any differently about him. I would not love him any less. I would actually be proud of the fact that he’s trying to be true to himself.”
Schilling is being true to his favorite pastime by returning full-bore to scandalous social media posts as he begins his funemployment. In addition to retweets concerning radical Islam and right-wing politics, he engaged in a Twitter spat late Thursday night with former Yankees pitcher and 10-year major league veteran Brandon McCarthy.
“What is stopping any pervert from already going into a bathroom not designated for them and doing what want? Nothing,” McCarthy wrote to Schilling before adding, “Life goes on Curt. It evolves. Black/white, gay/straight/transgender, male/female whatever. It’s just people.”
After several civil back-and-forths, the six-time All-Star, who tossed 83 complete games in his 20-year career, eventually responded with a personal attack at McCarthy.
“That’s the stopping point? Life goes on?” Schilling wrote. “No stamina for the debate? No wonder you only had 9 CGs!!! Gotcha!!”