Recently fired ESPN baseball analyst and anti-transgender meme distributor Curt Schilling had some stuff to say about being edited out of the 2004 Red Sox 30 for 30 Four Days in October that re-aired on Monday night on ESPN.
Wow, full one year complete fabrication to defame greatest QB, now omitting about 4 hours of a game I think I played in. Hmm #integritymuch?
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) May 2, 2016
The documentary covering the Red Sox comeback in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees originally aired in 2010 and Curt Schilling’s famous “Bloody Sock Game” was of course included. However, this re-airing followed the conclusion of the Arizona-Oregon softball game which ran 15 minutes over it’s time slot. That meant that at least 15 minutes of the documentary needed to be cut out and ESPN released a statement regarding it’s decision to edit out Schilling:
“When a live event runs long, it’s standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows. In this case, we needed to edit out one of the film’s four segments to account for the extra length of the softball game.”
Here’s my translation:
“Hey, Curt Schilling. Go f*ck yourself.”
– Love, ESPN
This was of course intentional. I haven’t seen the documentary, but I would guess that the other three segments that ESPN chose to leave in are not as significant as Schilling’s “Bloody Sock Game.” Good for ESPN though. Curt Schilling did everything he could to be fired by the Worldwide Leader. Schilling has every right to his opinion. He can tweet out all the bullsh*t he wants. If he feels the need to tweet out anti-transgender or anti-Muslim sh*t then that’s his right as long as he’s not making any threats on their lives.
However, you can’t do that if you expect to represent ESPN — or any other socially aware company — in a public setting. He embarrassed the company, in particular because they stuck by him for far too long and he took advantage of his public status to express his non-sports related beliefs.
If the Arizona-Oregon had finished up in the allotted time, would ESPN have replaced the Schilling part with a scene from some other random 30 for 30? Of course not, but this was the perfect opportunity to deliver a big “f*ck you” to Curt Schilling and ESPN took advantage of it.
Well done, ESPN.