ESPN has fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he shared an offensive meme disparaging transgender people on his Facebook page.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the network said in a statement Wednesday night. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Schilling posted an unflattering photo of a man in woman’s clothing, along with a message implying that trans people who use bathrooms that align with their gender identity are predators. The post, screencapped by several media outlets, was ultimately deleted.
After the post sparked controversy, Schilling took to his personal blog to argue that he was merely expressing his opinion.
“I do NOT care what color you are, what race, what sex, who you sleep with, what you wear. I don’t care and I never have. I have opinions, but they’re just that, opinions,” he wrote. “And opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one and they usually stink.”
“You know how I know you ‘offended’ people are full of crap?” he continued. “Because I’m not even close to any of the things you so desperately want me to be, so you can whine.”
This isn’t the first time ESPN reprimanded Schilling for a social media post. In August, the former MLB pitcher tweeted a photo of Adolf Hitler with the caption: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” Schilling added: “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.” ESPN suspended him through the network’s scheduled broadcast of MLB playoff games. Schilling apologized for his tweet.