ESPN President John Skipper continues to deny his network has a political litmus test:
“We’re not trying to espouse a specific political point of view,” he said. “We don’t endorse candidates…don’t take positions on public policy matters or controversial matters that don’t cross over into sports.”
“We are committed to diversity and inclusion, which I don’t think of as a political issue; I think of it as a human issue,” Skipper said. “It’s core to our values at the company. And I will suspend and potentially fire anyone who has disparaging personal remarks to say about people as regards to their sexual orientation or their ethnicity.”take our poll - story continues below
It is undeniable that most ESPN on-air talent espouse liberal viewpoints — at least of the talent who make their views publicly known. Skipper said he wants more conservative voices.
That is unless you’re former Major League MVP Curt Schilling.
“I don’t care that they do it. What I care about is that they lie about it. ESPN fires me for apparently being intolerant because I was actually commenting around the fact men should use the men’s room and women should use the women’s room. Apparently, that was … the straw that broke the camel’s back. Then they come out and act as if they are a tolerant group — and they’ve gone full mental since then. I mean they’ve gone way over the edge on the left, having a tribute to Obama after his last day in office, that gave me acid reflux.
… And them doing a special on Fidel Castro, which sickened to me to no end. (“Baseball Tonight’s”) Eduardo Perez is on that team at ESPN and he’s a Cuban. He basically acknowledged the fact that Castro was Cuba’s version of Hitler. This wasn’t a compassionate man. … This was a horrible human being.”
Schilling believes 80-85% of professional athletes lean conservative.
He also claims most stay in the political closet because they don’t want to get attacked on social media.
“Look around professional sports and look at how many athletes there are and look at how many have come out and spoke out in favor of Clinton or in favor of liberals. They are because it’s mainstream in the public eye to do that right now. All the rest are, for the most part, are conservative because you don’t come out and speak about stuff like that…It’s work ethic,” Schilling said. “To get where they go, to get where a professional athlete gets, you have to work your a** off your entire life. You understand and appreciate an incredibly hard day’s work that, hopefully, will pay off in the future.”
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