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Curt Schilling says he was surprised to be fired by ESPN

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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said he’ll look for work with a media outlet where he can “talk about stuff that moves the needle.”

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling appeared to be walking a tightrope during his time as an analyst with ESPN. He was suspended for a month last August after he posted a comment on Twitter that compared radical Muslims to Nazis.

So when the network fired Schilling last month after he shared another controversial post on Facebook, the move didn't really come as a surprise. Well, except to Schilling himself.

Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday morning, Schilling said he did not expect to be fired.

"Not when this happened, no," said Schilling. "Well, let's put it this way. I didn't until they made me drive two hours to meet with an HR person. I assumed that was the kind of the slow walk to the guillotine."

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Just as he did a couple of weeks ago, Schilling again accused ESPN commentators of racism.

"The only irony in all of this for me is that a company that is outwardly bigoted and intolerant is calling itself inclusive," said Schilling. "I'm sad that it ended, because of the people I worked with, but other than that, I guess it was kind of meant to be."

On April 18, Schilling shared a Facebook image that depicted a scantily clad heavy-set man along with the caption: "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 then added: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic."

Patrick asked Schilling if he'd rather cover politics or baseball, and Schilling responded yes.

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"That's what's going to happen," said Schilling, who added that he had been making $2.5 million a year at ESPN. "That's where I'm going to end up. Based on the discussions and the offers I'm sifting through, I'm going to end up doing sports . . . but I don't want to be held to that. I want to talk about stuff that moves the needle.

"I have my opinion on things, and I like to talk about those things. Hopefully, I think I'm going to end up in a format that will allow that to happen."


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