ESPN fires Curt Schilling after anti-transgender Facebook post

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FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, baseball broadcast analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling watches as the Red Sox workout at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to ban chewing tobacco in sports venues across the city. The mayor is expected to discuss a proposed new ordinance Wednesday, Aug. 5. Public health officials, advocates, local youth and Schilling are expected to attend. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – ESPN has announced that it has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.

In a statement released Wednesday, ESPN says “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable.”

This week, Schilling reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing. It included the phrase: “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 added his own comments, saying, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Schilling was apparently referring to laws in several states that restrict bathroom access to transgender people.

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