BOSTON — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on April 18 posted a picture to his Facebook page that appeared to criticize efforts to allow transgender people to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The Boston Globe reported that Schilling, who is an ESPN analyst, posted a meme that showed a man wearing a wig, a ripped shirt and stockings and holding a handbag. The picture contained the message: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
The Boston Globe said that the former Red Sox pitcher has deleted the post.
An ESPN spokesperson told the Boston Globe on April 19 that it is “taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it.” The Human Rights Campaign is among the organizations that have criticized Schilling over the post.
“Curt Schilling demonstrated a disgusting view of trans people in a Facebook post yesterday,” wrote Cyd Zeigler, Jr., co-founder of Outsports.com, on April 19. “Given ESPN’s long largely positive history with the LGBT community, he has to be fired over this.”
Schilling defended his post.
“This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious,” he wrote on his blog. “I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of men’s and women’s restrooms, period.”