Curt Schilling, former Major League Baseball pitcher, current ESPN analyst and broadcaster for the most recent season of the ESPN show Sunday Night Baseball, has found himself in some hot water.

Just this Wednesday Schilling was suspended from his position as an ESPN commentator following concern over something he posted on Twitter. The former baseball star tweeted “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s” alongside a meme of Adolf Hitler captioned:

“It’s said only 5-10% of Muslim’s are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”

The former MLB starposted the tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis on Tuesday evening, to both his Twitter account and to his Facebook page.

After facing nearly immediate backlash online for the post, Schilling initially tried to defend his position saying “If it’s anywhere true it’s terrifying in number.” This seemed to suggest that the tweet wasn’t his personal opinion, merely an innocent fact he stumbled upon. Schilling then switched gears and began to apologize; he had removed the tweet from both Facebook and Twitter by Wednesday. ESPN has issued an official written comment on the incident stating,

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Schilling was assigned to help broadcast ESPN’s coverage of the upcoming Little League World Series.

Since the incident he has also issued an apology via Twitter, claiming responsibility for his “bad decision” saying, “100% my fault.”

Ironically, this incident comes on the heels of Schilling being lauded for his recent stance against cyberbullying. Schilling’s daughter faced criticisms and bullying online following her decision to join a Division III college softball team.

Schilling wrote a blog post taking a strong stance against his daughter’s bullies, specifically noting their failure to understand how to take accountability for their own actions. Though due to his recent offensive tweet, Schilling is now being held accountable for his own actions online. While Schilling’s tweet did not target one particular individual, the deeply offensive comparison still amounted to cyberbullying, and hurtful, reckless behavior online.

Given how fresh the incident is, it is hard to tell whether or not Schilling will be given the opportunity to reclaim his position at ESPN, or if the damage is beyond repair. What is clear however, is how seriously ESPN is handling this incident.

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