curt schilling

UPDATE: ESPN fired Schilling late Wednesday.

As a Yankee fan, I don’t like Curt Schilling. I think the bloody sock was a put-on, he talks too much during ESPN broadcasts, and I find a lot of his opinions don’t go well with mine.

But does he offend me? Not so much. I’m sure he’s a fun guy to throw back a couple beers with, and I bet he has some fantastic stories about Manny Ramirez and Randy Johnson.

Say what you want about the stupid things Curt Schilling does and says, he is really good at shining a light on issues that we as a culture need to discuss.

He sure says some stupid things and pisses off a lot of people, though. In his latest, if you haven’t heard, he posted some anti-transgender meme to his Facebook page (see a screen grab of the since-deleted post below).

It wasn’t even funny, but I guarantee you that those who agree with him thought it was hilarious, and they’re thrilled that a man of his media reach brought that up. On the flip side, his post incited spirited conversations all over the Internet.

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And maybe there’s a kernel of upside here: Say what you want about the stupid things Curt Schilling does and says, he is really good at shining a light on issues that we as a culture need to discuss. Even more so, he brings things up in in an arena where touchy topics have traditionally been pretty taboo.

Maybe social and political issues don’t belong in professional sports. My Saturday afternoons with a beer and a baseball game are sacred times when I don’t have to deal with all the ridiculousness of the outside world. I cherish those moments. I don’t want to think about gender issues when I’m watching my Yankees.

But maybe that’s exactly when I should be thinking about them. Maybe other men who watch sports (there are a lot of them) and have opinions I question are being forced to learn more about gender, race, religion, science, creation and tolerance. Maybe Curt is moving us forward as a culture.

Or maybe he’s just a dick. I don’t know.