Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ESPN removes Curt Schilling from LLWS broadcast for 'unacceptable' tweet comparing Muslims to Adolf Hitler

In another controversial statement in a career filled with controversy, Curt Schilling, the former major league pitcher and current ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, paid the price for posting a tweet Tuesday comparing Muslims with Adolf Hitler.

And as of Tuesday afternoon, the former Red Sox starter and current ESPN analyst will no longer appear on the network’s Little League World Series broadcasts after Schilling earlier shared a meme on Twitter attempting to equate the percentage of Muslims who are extremists to the percentage of Germans in 1940 who were Nazis.

Schilling tweeted a photo of Adolf Hitler, with the text: "It is said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists ... In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?"

Above the photo, Schilling wrote on his account @gehrig9: "The math is staggering when you get to true #s").

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

Schilling has since deleted his original tweet and apologized for it on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

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