Baseball legend Curt Schilling tweeted support for Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol, the latest in a line of controversial opinions for the potential Hall of Fame pitcher.
Schilling – who goes by ‘President Elect Curt Schilling’ on Twitter – shared his thoughts on the day’s incidents at the Capitol just before midnight on Wednesday night.
Schilling tweeted: ‘You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for shit that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption. #itshappening’
Former Boston Red Sox legend Curt Schilling is in hot water again for a tweet about the riots
Schilling – who goes by ‘President Elect Curt Schilling’ on Twitter – shared on Wednesday night
Schilling helped pitch the Red Sox to two World Series titles before becoming a provocateur
There has been plenty of backlash against Schilling’s support of the rioters in Washington
‘No conservative can excuse what happened today’ wrote one person about the riots
The beginning of the tweet refers to the protests and scattered incidents of looting that happened in the summer in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Schilling has been in some hot water since the tweet, with many responding in opposition of the former star on Twitter.
Schilling is a known supporter of Donald Trump and has spent his post-playing career developing a conservative persona.
He opposes same-sex marriage and has hinted at getting into politics for years. He has also contributed to Breitbart and hosted a show for the right-wing news outlet.
In August 2019, Trump even advocated for Schilling to run for Congress, although the former baseball player eventually decided against it.
Schilling frequently tweets about conservative causes, also tweeting about the Georgia runoff this week.
He wrote, ‘The only comp I can come up with is this. This runoff is the (D) equivalent of OJ getting a reality show, killing again, live, because he believes people are too stupid to convict him. Hey, I did it once and you had METRIC TONS of evidence, I still got away with it.’
Schilling is a known Donald Trump supporter and the president endorsed Schilling to run for Congress in August 2019
Earlier this week, Schilling also tweeted about the runoff Senate elections in Georgia
Schilling has previously displayed a collection of World War II memorabilia to Boston.com, which included Nazi memorabilia] as well.
In 2015, Schilling shared a meme to his Twitter account that compared Muslims to Nazis, the first of multiple times he posted Islamophobic content on social media.
In October 2015, Schilling tweeted that ISIS was winning the Democratic Debate.
In April 2016, Schilling posted an anti-transgender meme, which resulted in his firing from ESPN, where he worked as a color analyst.
Schilling clapped back a week later, saying ESPN employed ‘some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.’
Schilling’s propensity for controversy may be keeping him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Last year, Schilling finished 20 votes shy of being inducted into hall of the game’s greatests in Cooperstown, New York.
Wednesday night’s tweet won’t factor into voting for the honor this year, as The Boston Globe reports voting has already closed for this cycle.
In the past, Schilling has claimed that his political activity has kept him barred from baseball’s highest honor.
Schilling is viewed as one of the best pitchers over the past several decades, helping to lead the Boston Red Sox to the World Series in 2004 and 2007, once memorably pitching with a bloody sock.
The MAGA riots incited by Trump on Wednesday did catastrophic damage at the Capitol
It took place on Wednesday in protest of the certification of Electoral College voting
At least 52 people were arrested in riots that sent a Congress into hiding for several hours
The riots have also been connected to at least five deaths over the past two days
He also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
This year’s Hall of Fame announcement is set to be made on January 26.
Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol were incited by Trump, which left the United States shocked.
At least 52 were arrested following the MAGA riots and following the death of a Capitol officer late Thursday night, five are dead.