Well, I’m bored this AM, so let’s look at some ESPN hijinks. There’s the “cornball brother” incident of December 2012, wherein Rob Parker expressed his doubts about Robert Griffin III’s boba fides as an authentic member of his race.
But that was on air and Parker was suspended and left the network in 2013. So all we have right now is misbehaving on air receiving the same punishment as misbehaving on social media (seriously how many jobs has Twitter ended?).
Jemele Hill tweeted that the US has “done everything possible to undermine the LGBTQ community,” and suggests that the country has no business “lecturing Islam on homophobia.” More about Hill’s controversial pronouncements on and off social media here.
So Hill takes pretty much the opposite position than Schilling. But Hill didn’t get disciplined at the time or laid off in last month’s mass terminations, to the contrary she was recently promoted to the 6pm Sports Center.
So what can we conclude?
Criticize from the left = no problem, ESPN will say publically that you did not violate the company policy that its employees “refrain from making political statements.”
Criticize from the right = you are fired.
That said, I agree with the WEEI article that part of Schilling’s problem was his crudity. But then, he’s far from the only ex-jock to frame his expressions that way.
EDIT: special bonus link.