Curt Schilling was a great pitcher. He might be even better at putting his foot in his mouth.
After ESPN suspended the former MLB star from its Little League World Series coverage, as well as other baseball broadcasts on the network, Schilling had some free time on his hands. He used that time to lash out at a media member who had reported on the offensive tweet that had gotten Schilling in trouble in the first place.
The tweet, posted below, attempts to draw parallels between Muslim radicals and the Hitler-led Nazis.
Schilling later deleted the offensive tweet and then published an apology:
I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
Just when it seemed like he'd learned the error of his ways, though, Schilling sabotaged himself with an angry letter that is sure to ruffle the feathers of his employer.
Schilling sent the long email to Dan Levy at Awful Announcing, which published the email in its entirety. In it, he tears into Levy for his coverage of Schilling, which the pitcher perceived as unfounded personal attacks.
"I don't have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that," Schilling writes. "Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what's left of the publics [sic] trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn't need to, and smearing someone's reputation to do it."
Schilling also criticizes Levy for not considering the former pitcher's children and how they might react to criticisms directed toward him. And he makes it clear that while he apologized for the tweet, he didn't take back what he said.
"The forum was about as poor a choice as I could have made in trying to elicit a potential discussion on that topic," Schilling writes. "I did not, and will not apologize for the content of the tweet."
In fairness, Schilling also praised Jessica Mendoza and said she deserves to be in a broadcast booth, calling her "a better person than she was a player."
At the end of the long letter, Schilling asks for the email to remain private.
"I did not write this letter for public consumption, I wanted to do this direct, to you, and have this remain between us," Schilling writes.
Much like Schilling's other attempts at self-expression, that hope didn't pan out.