Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox pitching great Curt Schilling, currently suspended from his ESPN broadcast responsibilities, will lead Sunday’s invocation for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire.
— NH Motor Speedway (@NHMS) September 22, 2015
Schilling has free time on his hands since ESPN announced its suspension of the analyst on September 3 for the rest of their 2015 MLB coverage, including the broadcast of a Wild Card playoff game.
The 48-year-old Schilling fell out of favor with the cable sports channel when he put forth a tweet comparing radical Muslims to German Nazis.
The New England legend developed a reputation for toughness and heart symbolized by a Game Six ALCS appearance when he defeated the Yankees pitching with a bloody ankle while on the mound for the Red Sox. Sporting News reported that leading up to the invocation, Schilling said “The people in New England are as passionate as they come.” He added, “Tom Brady is free and NASCAR is coming to New Hampshire again — all is well in New England.”
Schilling has a history of controversial tweets from expressing his support for John McCain after Donald Trump criticized the senator’s war record to tweeting his pleasure in jihadists blowing themselves up.
— Dan Lewis (@DanDotLewis) August 25, 2015