Grant Schilling, Curt’s son, has this to say on Facebook in defense of his father’s statements:
“Ladies and Gentleman, today it’s come to my attention my father Curt Schilling has been slandered as a “transphobic bigot.” And while I will say he’s not the most well informed in the modern LGBT+ culture, i can assure you he’s made great strides to understand people today. If he were a bigot he wouldn’t have allowed my Trans friends to stay over, he’s respected pronouns and name changes- never once have I heard him say something to me that I thought he should keep quiet about. he’s said a lot of things he didn’t know we’re offensive but then again I can guarantee that thousands of people every day say stuff that’s offensive without even knowing it. I hope you can all understand that he and I have talked even today about Trans culture in America and he’s even talked about how he doesn’t understand it, to which I’ve tried to explain it to him and he’s listened very closely.
For the people trying to portray my father as a transphobic bigot you aren’t helping the community at all by making enemies. If you were really a part of our community- rather than try and start lies you’d educate or at least try and get him to understand.
He may say some stupid things but in this instance he’s said nothing. Leave him be.”
Since 2010, Schilling has worked as a game and studio analyst for ESPN and prior to that, spent 20 years as pitcher for five different MLB teams.
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