8 Times Curt Schilling Kinda Sucked At Twitter
When Curt Schilling came under fire last week for a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis, honestly the only thing that surprised me was that I knew who that was. Not being from Boston or a huge baseball fan, I was initially introduced to the retired Red Sox pitcher through his Twitter alone, where he’s been very active since May 2008.
Before this incident, Schilling’s account read like a typical old guy who inexplicably got way too into social media. It’s mostly him dadding out about sports and his family, with the occasional ideological slip. The most recent Nazi nonsense is more extreme than past outbursts, but in some ways it’s also more of the same. This is what happens when you give a known blowhard the platform to blow.
Schilling has since deleted the offensive meme, apologized and been suspended from covering the Little League World Series for ESPN (sorry non-Hitler youth!). Still, you can’t stop a man from tweeting forever. He sucked at social media before this and if his past posts are any indicator, we can expect more where this came from after the controversy dies down.
1. When he referred to Muslims as ‘these people.”
Schilling has made his feelings on the Middle East clear before. Over two years ago, he tweeted about women’s rights for Muslims in Egypt. While it’s easy to agree with that sentiment, calling them “these people,” kind of cancels that out. You can chalk it up to poor phrasing or foreshadowing, but either way, it’s a little telling.
2. When his son had a fake grenade on a plane.
While traveling in November 2014, Schilling forgot to remind his son to leave the fake grenades at home. Though this is an innocent mistake any kid could make (if they had toy grenades), it probably should’ve remained a private mistake. When the bomb squad arrived, instead of worrying about his son, Schilling opted to live-tweet instead.
Bomb squad arrives…
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) November 22, 2014
But not until 15 TSA agents are on their walkie talkies. Police show up and everyone in line is shoed 50 yards away. Police, TSA could not.. — Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) November 22, 2014
Have been cooler once they realized what was happening.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) November 22, 2014
3. When he was mad at the media (again).
Schilling has a separate section on his Wikipedia page devoted to feuds with the media. If that didn’t tip you off to how he felt about them, he summed it up with a snappy hashtag back in 2014. It’s hard to tell what he’s admitting to — being corrupt, or misunderstanding that he’s a part of the media.
4. When he was bigger than he imagined.
There’s little shame in Schilling’s hashtag game. This past January he had a great time ruining hypothetical dates with dicks jokes, appropriately phrased as dad jokes. His critics were quick to call out his conservative hypocrisy, but he was just trying to get noticed by @midnight like everyone else.
5. When his company folded after taking government money.
The previous two tweets refer to Schillings now defunct gaming company 38 Studios, which received a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island in 2010, with the promise of bringing 450 jobs to the state in 2012. Instead, the company declared bankruptcy in 2012 and Schilling was later sued by the state of Rhode Island.
6. When he disputed evolution
Before he compared Muslims to Nazis, Schilling opted to show his crazy in a different way — by disputing evolution for 14 plus hours on twitter. The tirade prompted a heated debate between him and Keith Law, a member of the much-hated media. Law, who defended evolution, was suspended from Twitter by ESPN the next day, though ESPN claimed it was not a punishment for such common sense.
7. When he flipped out about his daughter.
Going after the trolls who harassed his daughter earlier this year was probably one of the most defensible things Schilling has done. Instinctually I’d want and expect my dad to defend me in the same way, but rationally I’d want it to be a proportionate response. He got one of the commenters fired from his job, and the other suspended from school, which seems like a bit much in retrospect. It doesn’t excuse their gross statements about his daughter, but gross things happen all over the Internet. That doesn’t mean people in glass houses should throw tweets.
8. When he admitted it.
Like a lot of old white guys, Schilling knows he’s occasionally an idiot and comfortable that way. We all get it wrong sometimes, and can empathize with this to a certain extent. But whether owning up to that makes it better depends on if anything changes. Given what’s happened since he tweeted this in 2012, this is just a joke.