Despite an ESPN policy encouraging its employees to "refrain from political editorializing," former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is set to return to the network's Monday Night Baseball telecast after he ran into trouble for comments he made about Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
ESPN has confirmed that Schilling will rejoin the network as a Monday Night Baseball analyst. "We've addressed it with Curt," a spokesperson told Philly.com
Earlier this month, during a call-in interview with Kansas City's 610 Sports Radio, the outspoken Schilling told host Danny Perkins he thought Clinton should go to jail over the use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
"If I'm gonna believe, and I don't have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds, if not thousands, of emails on a public server after what happened to General [David] Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere," Schilling said.
ESPN told CNN at the time that officials "were addressing" Schilling's comments, which run afoul of guidelines the network set up after the former pitcher's promotion of a meme comparing the percentage of extremist Muslims to the proportion of Nazis in Germany in the 1940s.
ESPN's policy contains this passage:
"We should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or "drive-by" comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns. Approved commentaries on sports-specific issues, or seeking responses from candidates on relevant news issues, are appropriate. However perceived endorsements should be avoided."
Schilling isn't the only ESPN employee to violate the network's policy. Keith Law was suspended on Twitter after confronting Schilling with scientific evidence defending climate change and evolution, though the network said the suspension "had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions on the subject."
Schilling also made headlines earlier this month when it was uncovered that he donated $250 to Ben Carson's ill-fated presidential campaign. Photos revealed that under the section for "Name of employer," Schilling wrote, "ESPN (not sure how much longer.)" And under "Occupation", he wrote: "Analyst (For Now Anyway)."
As recently as Wednesday, Schilling was still making anti-Clinton remarks. On his Facebook page, in response to a fan who called Clinton a "POS," Schilling responded, "Ya, she's all about the `little people.' I can't fathom any American that truly loves this country even thinking about voting for this felon."