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ESPN Fires Curt Schilling After Anti-Transgender Comments

Former MLB player Curt Schilling talks with a reporter at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los AngelesFormer MLB player Curt Schilling talks with a reporter at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles
Former MLB player Curt Schilling © David McNew / Reuters REUTERS

(Reuters) – Sports network ESPN fired former baseball player Curt Schilling after reports of recent anti-transgender comments on social media.

“ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” ESPN said in a statement on Wednesday.

ESPN last year also removed Schilling from coverage of the Little League World Series after the retired pitching star sent a tweet comparing the percentage of Muslims who are extremists to the percentage of Germans in 1940 who were Nazis.

A six-time All-Star, Schilling played 20 years in Major League baseball and won the World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.

Reuters could not immediately reach Schilling for comment.