UPDATED, 8:50 PM: ESPN has told Curt Schilling to clean out his locker for the year. The sports giant said today that the former Major League star pitcher won’t appear on any of its baseball telecasts for the rest of the 2015 season. “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand,” the company said in a statement today. “We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations, nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.”
PREVIOUSLY, August 25: Once again the Worldwide Leader has sidelined one of its own for making controversial comments. This time it’s ex-MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, who was pulled from Little League World Series telecasts after he posted — and quickly deleted — a tweet with a fuzzy-math graphic that compared Muslim extremists to Nazis:
Three-time World Series champ Schilling joins a long list of ESPN commentators who have been suspended — or worse — in the past year-plus for making controversial remarks on air or social media. Colin Cowherd was shown the door last month after being suspended for remarks about the mental capacities of Dominicans and then trying to explain himself on air afterward. Golden Boy Bill Simmons’ comments about the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell last year paved the way for his departure from the Bristol campus in May. Britt McHenry was sat down in April after her mean-girl tirade against a towing company employee went viral. Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman found themselves on the wrong side of the Ray Rice abuse scandal last year, and Keith Olbermann — who since has parted ways with ESPN — got a week in the penalty box for waging a Twitter war with Penn State students.