Suspended ESPN baseball color analyst Curt Schilling proved in an FEC form documenting a $250 donation to the Ben Carson presidential campaign that he anticipated the you know what was about to hit the fan regarding his further employment for the leading sports network.
Shortly after comparing Muslims to Nazis in a tweet back in August 2015, the former right-handed pitching icon filled out his Federal Election Committee disclosure form employment status this way:
Name of Employer: ESPN (NOT SURE HOW MUCH LONGER)
Occupation: ANALYST (FOR NOW ANYWAY)
Two days after completing the FEC form ESPN suspended the politically incorrect Schilling.
Schilling, who helped lead the Red Sox in 2004 to their first World Series championship since 1918, recently uncorked another unabashed statement, this time about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
When asked on Super Tuesday if he thought the former secretary of state might serve time as a result of her ongoing email scandal, Schilling told a Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio host: “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 after what happened to General [David] Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
Expressing ones political preferences also got former Chicago Bears coach and current ESPN football analyst Mike Ditka in hot water at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Ditka recenlty blasted President Barack Obama as the “worst” president ever. “Barack Obama’s a fine man,” the Super Bowl-winning player and coach conceded. “I mean, he’s pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. He’s not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan.”
Committing perhaps an even greater sin, Ditka said he would probably cast his vote for Donald Trump for president.
According to Sporting News frequent political commentary by liberal sports broadcasters such as Mike Lupica along with Schilling and Ditka prompted ESPN to issue this statement: “We should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns. Approved commentaries on sports-specific issues, or seeking responses from candidates on relevant news issues, are appropriate. However, perceived endorsements should be avoided.”
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