Last week, ESPN pundit Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a ”white supremacist”—and received absolutely no criticism or discipline from her bosses.
But this week, legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling is punching back—slamming ESPN for their racism and hypocrisy.
“Some of the most racist people in sports are on the station there now, and they have a voice — they have always had a voice,” Schilling explained, referring to Hill and other ESPN pundits.
Schilling knows ESPN’s liberal agenda firsthand. He was controversially fired by the venerable sports network last year for, essentially, doing the exact same thing Jemele Hill did: saying something politically “controversial” on social media.
Back in April 2016, Schilling had shared a photo that ESPN described as “anti-transgender,” because it was a cartoon of a man wearing a wig trying to use a woman’s bathroom, with a caption reading: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”
Schilling had previously been suspended for a month by the network for sharing a different image that compared radical Islam to Nazis.
The only difference between Schilling and Hill? Schilling is a white male conservative, and Hill is a black female liberal—so ESPN was happy to support the latter’s political speech.
The hypocrisy wasn’t lost on Schilling:
“Disney and ESPN have stopped giving all pretense of objectivity,” he explained, saying that they were instead pushing an “intolerant, exclusive, liberal, progressive agenda.”
He added that things like comparing terrorists to Nazis wasn’t “controversial” but, rather, “logical”–and certainly not the same as calling the President of the United States a white supremacist.
Despite the bad blood, Schilling said that his biggest problem was that ESPN wouldn’t admit their far-left bias: “My only issue with the entire thing is that they try to hide it as something it’s not,” he said.
He added, “Everything the left does is based on your race, sex, sexual preference, color, religion, who you worship… it’s about identity politics.”
Considering the actions of Schilling’s former employer–excusing a black liberal for airing controversial beliefs, but disciplining a white conservative–it’s clear that he’s not wrong.