ESPN commentator Curt Schilling has announced his return to the sports network for postseason coverage despite the ongoing attacks over his post on social media that got him suspended as well additional posts.
The former Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox pitcher told reporters of his impending reinstatement to ESPN at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the weekend.
“I think we join the team after the regular season ends and do the postseason and the World Series,” Schilling said. “Then I have one year left at ESPN on my contract, so I would assume as of right now, yeah, I’d be back. If not, I’ll figure something out.”
ESPN suspended Schilling at the end of August for posting a graphic to Twitter that identified five to ten percent of Muslims as extremists and then noted that only 7 percent of Germans in 1940 identified as Nazis. The image capped that info off with the quip “How’d that go?”
Despite the clear message of the graphic–that a small number of any group can cause major problems–detractors claimed that Schilling somehow called Muslims and Nazis one and the same. Schilling quickly deleted the tweet, but bowing to pressure, ESPN suspended the former Red Sox pitcher.
But even as Schilling announces his impending return to the ESPN airwaves, though, commentators continue to attack him for his social media posts.
A USA Today sports blog post by Ted Berg, for instance, slammed Schilling for having “learned nothing” from his suspension because Schilling made other social media posts commenting on social issues.
In another attack, Nate Scott criticized Schilling for another post, this one about how bad Obama’s Iran nuke deal is.
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