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Curt Schilling on D&C: No interest in debating ‘racist’ ESPN host Stephen A. Smith 05.18.16 at 10:23 am ET
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Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane, did not hold back in expressing his opinion of Stephen A. Smith, calling the ESPN “First Take” co-host a “racist” and a “bigot.” To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Smith, appearing on Sirius XM radio earlier in the week, called out Schilling for accusing ESPN of firing him because of his conservative views. Smith said Schilling was fired simply because he did not heed the network’s warning to avoid making political comments, and he challenged the former Red Sox pitcher to debate the issue.

Responded Schilling to D&C: “What am I going to debate about? I have no interest. I’m 49 years old. I have had cancer, I’ve had a heart attack, I’m losing my hair. I’m not going to waste my time with people I don’t respect.

“I don’t respect him. I think he’s a racist, I think he’s a bigot. There’s nothing to debate, No. 1. And No. 2, there’s not a chance in hell that I would do anything that would bring that station another viewer, ever.”

Added Schilling: “I felt like I was back in fifth grade and I was being challenged on the playground at recess. What are we going to debate about? When the debate’s over, he’s not going to be any less racist. So, I don’t get that. He’s a tough guy for calling me out, that’s all.”

Schilling said he only briefly met Smith and has heard good things about him.

“I’m sure he’s a nice guy,” Schilling said. “I’ve met racists before who are really nice people. I’ve met bigots that are nice people. I’m sure he’s a nice guy. I have an issue with someone who walks into [boxer] Floyd Mayweather’s house and tries to tell us what an awesome guy he is. Or a guy who tries to say, ‘Listen, for the most part, ladies, it’s the guy’s fault [in domestic abuse], but let’s talk about provoking them and how you should avoid provoking men to hit women.’ Like, wait, what?”

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Stephen A. Smith on Curt Schilling: ‘Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen’ 05.17.16 at 11:08 am ET
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Curt Schilling’s war of words with ESPN is unlikely to abate anytime soon now that the loudest of the networks loudmouths — Stephen A. Smith — has weighed in with some pointed criticisms of gehrig38.

Speaking on SiriusXM’s MadDog Radio show, Smith blasted Schilling not for his political views, but for airing them when he knew it could get him fired.

“Let me speak up on behalf of ESPN when I say this to Curt Schilling: You are gone not because you have conservative views instead of liberal views. Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen,” Smith said, per the New York Daily News. “ESPN tells me to shut up, they’re my employer whether I like it or not. If I want to keep my job, I’ve got to shut the hell up.”

Smith took particular offense to Schilling’s contention that ESPN employs “some of the biggest racists” in the sports media. Smith noted an example of being tough on Redskins coach Jay Gruden for seemingly hold quarterback Robert Griffin, who is black, to a different standard than replacement Kirk Cousins, who is white.

“What I was lamenting was the treatment of Jay Gruden and how specific he was in dissecting Robert Griffin III, compared to how celebratory he was about Kirk Cousins,” Smith told the show. “At no time did I imply or state that is why RGIII wasn’t playing because he is black. That is a lie.”

Continued Smith: “I can’t stand people who worked for ESPN that depart from ESPN clearly harboring whatever bitterness they harbor and try to throw talent under the bus — like talent has something to do with them being gone. I have nothing to do with it.”

Smith challenged Schilling to a debate.

“You want to sit here and have a debate about what really went on?” he asked. “Name the time and place and I’ll show up, with the permission of ESPN, of course. I guess listening to my boss makes me a bad guy. Well guess what? I’d rather be bad than stupid.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: David Price’s struggles have ‘a lot to do with durability and stamina’ 05.11.16 at 11:54 am ET
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Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to talk about David Price’s pitching troubles and his old employer. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Price has not lived up to the huge contract he signed as a free agent in the offseason,  posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through his first seven games in a Red Sox uniform. Schilling said recent conversation about Price’s leg kick misses the point, because the focus should be on Price’s arm extension.

“The analogy I tried to use is when you slam the brakes on the car, the car doesn’t immediately stop, because if the car stopped immediately it would throw everything through the window,” Schilling said. “So when you slam the brakes on a car, it decelerates and then stops. If you look at David Price’s delivery, he has that recoil. Physically, you have to begin to decelerate to recoil before you finish. So if you think about it, you have to begin to slow your arm down before you actually finish your throw, because you’re coming back the other way. …

“I think it has a lot to do with durability and stamina over the years with your arm, No. 1, I think it takes away velocity as you do it. Physically, it’s much more demanding than throwing a normal pitch. But when you’re throwing the ball 97, 98, you can make marginal mistakes that you can’t make at 93 or 94, No. 1. Now, the other piece is, I say this in context: David Price’s secondary stuff has never been exceptional. He has a good curveball, he has a good changeup, and he has a good slider, but it’s not like [Clayton] Kershaw’s curveball or Randy Johnson’s slider or [Greg] Maddux’s changup. They’re all, to me, average pitches. They’re above average when you throw 98. They’re not above average when you throw 93, 94, 95. And the biggest issue for me: That, to me, speaks to his October troubles. In October, you have to command perfectly to be dominant, I think.”

Added Schilling: “You ever been at a bar shooting darts? You know when you throw a dart and you finish the throw, like you throw and you leave your hand out in front of you? You’re a hundred times more accurate than when you throw and you pull your hand back, you quick-flick it. Exactly the same thing pitching. When you finish a pitch and you stay down and extend, you command the ball a lot better. When you throw the ball and recoil, you give away command. You take all of those things together, and I think that’s why you have a guy not throwing as hard.

“It’s not physical. It’s not a physical injury. There’s no possible way. If he was hurt he’d be throwing the ball 87. But you take all those things together and you reduce the velocity, again, to me, with the average kind of secondary stuff, and you have what you have right now. And all of that adds up to the worst possible thing, which is a crisis in confidence, which is what I think he has. I went through it. And honest to God, you were literally afraid of contact. And you pitch away from the bat, which is the worst possible thing you can do.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I think I’m going to be doing stuff with Sirius’ after firing from ESPN 05.04.16 at 11:32 am ET
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Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday and said he is nearing a deal to join Sirius XM satellite radio. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

One day after refuting a Deadspin report that his camp had reached out to Fox Sports about joining that network following his dismissal from ESPN for his political commentary on social media, Schilling said he expects to know more about his future very soon.

“I think I’m going to be doing stuff with Sirius,” Schilling said. “I don’t know anything yet. Stuff’s coming together. There’s still a bunch of kind of irons in the fire that I’m talking with. I’m going to meet with some people today face to face and hopefully come to some sort of resolution over what’s going to happen in the next week or two.”

Schilling indicated the Sirius deal would consist of separate appearances — one to talk sports, the other to discuss “stuff” — and would not be a five-day-a-week gig right off the bat, although it could lead to a regular show.

“I think at some point it would get to that,” he said of doing a daily show. “I think that there needs to be kind of a breaking-in period both ways. I need to see if I actually can do it. I need to see if people care that I can do it, and then go that way. … Talking for four hours is one thing, but talking for four hours about stuff that people are actually interested in and want to talk about is another. It’s work. I think there’s a lot of preparation to it, there’s a lot of time to put into it. Because I’m not going to be talking about just sports. And so there’s a lot of time and effort and energy out into preparing to be good at it. Because I sure as hell don’t want to do it just to do it. I’d want to do it to be better than everybody else that was doing it. So we’ll see.”

ESPN was criticized for editing out Schilling’s Game 6 performance from a documentary about the 2004 Red Sox’ comeback against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series that aired before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. While the network claimed the move was made due to time constraints after an afternoon softball game ran long, Schilling is convinced the move was rooted in ESPN’s feelings about him after his controversial departure.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s any possible explanation otherwise.”

Added Schilling: “I’m uncomfortable saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe they cut me out.’ But when you talk about that series, what do you think about? I think about Dave Roberts’ steal, I think about the walk from [Kevin] Millar off [Mariano] Rivera, [David] Ortiz’s [game-winning home runs] and that Game 6. I don’t know. I was waiting for it, expecting exactly what was said in response, when they issued the response, which was, ‘We had to cut the show down to fit into [the time slot].’ … My thought was, somebody in charge — it wasn’t just some dude saying, ‘OK, I’ll just edit this’ — somebody made that actual order: ‘Cut Game 6 out of this, and be very specific.’

“I think the result was exactly the opposite of what they were hoping would happen.”

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Curt Schilling: Roger Goodell ‘out to defame’ Tom Brady with Deflategate 04.28.16 at 10:27 am ET
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The outspoken Curt Schilling weighed in on Deflategate Thursday morning on Dennis & Callahan where he also addressed his firing from ESPN and what will be next.

Schilling isn’t a fan of what commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, especially to a star like Tom Brady.

“First of all, I think it’s a joke,” Schilling said. “I think the fact that the day everybody found out that  everything was based on a lie, and nothing changed, if I am one of the other 31 NFL teams, I am looking at myself going wait a minute, hold on, this is not good. I think there was a lot of resentment. I think everybody was excited about the fact that the Patriots are getting their hands slapped because Lord knows we hate sustained success in this country. This is the ultimate in wag your tail and wag your finger saying, ‘Na, na, na.’ This is a power hungry — it’s such an incredibly stupid thing that we actually, like I said, the whole thing is based on a lie. All of it. And Roger Goodell is continuing to tell people that it is about the integrity of the sport, which he actually is destroying the very same things he thinks he’s protecting. He also was very clearly out to defame, whatever you want to call it, his biggest star. I don’t get that. None of that makes sense, but it does when you think about it from a power perspective.

“The appellate court ruling basically has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady everything that has to do with Article 46 and the fact that ‘Hey, I am the commissioner, I can do whatever I want.’ This guy beat the living daylights out of his girlfriend, wife and he’s going to get four games and so is this guy who didn’t deflate footballs, but someone lied about him doing it.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C addresses ESPN firing, where might he land next at 10:11 am ET
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Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss his firing from ESPN and where he will might land next. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling believes he wouldn’t have been fired if he had made liberal comments.

“I’ve actually spoken with and communicated with quite a few people there since it happened and to a person, everyone said the same thing,” Schilling said. “One of the things that I said was, if I had come out and said transgenders are the greatest people in the world and if you disagree you’re a MF’er, they would say please don’t use that language in public. It’s well-known. I think people knew when I was there, I talked to people about it. Like I said, we move on.”

The former MLB pitcher also said there are people at ESPN who say some racist things, but don’t get into trouble.

“I think there are a lot of people at ESPN that play the race card often,” he said. “I back that up by saying I don’t have a problem with it in the sense that I think there a lot of those conversations that need to happen. For some reason, a lot of people believe that you need to just talk sports and not talk about the social issues that go on. I think those two things are actually intertwined in a very intimate way. It’s one of the many conversations that should be happening.”

Added Schilling: “Nothing behind the scenes. One of the comments I will never forget is listening to Stephen A. Smith talk about the fact that Robert Griffin wasn’t playing quarterback for the Redskins because he was black. It was because he sucked and he wasn’t playing. It was obvious. Things like that. Those were the comments that as this went along — everybody talks about [I] was warned multiple times. Everybody got the same memo. It was sports people stick to sports, not politics and other stuff. It felt like I was the only one that was held to the rule. I think a lot of what happened was very discriminatory. Like I said, if I had made a liberal point of view, I don’t think this would have ever happened.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I was kind of blindsided’ by criticism about view on transgender issue; due for discussion with ESPN bosses 04.20.16 at 10:37 am ET
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Curt Schilling once again finds himself in the middle of a controversy for opining about a highly charged political issue, but he told Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday that he doesn’t understand what he did to draw people’s ire in this latest incident. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On Tuesday, Schilling reposted a graphic that pictured a burly man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the words: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!

He followed that by writing in a separate post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.

The posts are a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.

Schilling downplayed his comments, insisting he did not mean to stir up trouble.

“That wasn’t my post,” he said of the graphic. “I commented on that. … I replied to the post. I didn’t post that. I made a comment paraphrasing it would be people that go to the bathroom standing up use one, and people that go the bathroom sitting down use the other. That’s turned into somehow I’m transphobic. I don’t know.”

Schilling has been suspended by ESPN for past comments, but he said when he got a phone call Tuesday it caught him by surprise.

“I got a call late yesterday. I don’t know how you guys saw this thing. I was kind of blindsided by this one. When I got the call I was like, ‘I don’t get this. How did this become that?’ I assume I’ll be talking with some people today.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Expectations need to be altered with Clay Buchholz 04.14.16 at 12:30 pm ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Thursday morning to discuss the Red Sox, specifically Clay Buchholz and Pablo Sandoval. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

There was some optimism with Buchholz heading into the season, but he’s allowed five earned runs in each of his two starts this season. Schilling said the expectations of him need to be altered.

“We need to move on from an expectations perspective,” Schilling said. “Here is the thing, sometimes you are what you are. Clay Buchholz was not going to come out of the gates this year and throw 222 innings, win 19 games and make 33 starts. He’s never done it. I am convinced, and this is not a personal thing, I like Clay, it’s just he’s not the guy. That no-hitter skewed it all. We go back to one game and a couple stretches where he was as good as anyone in the game, but that is something he ended up not wanting bad enough to make it happen.”

Regarding Sandoval, Schilling feels he could have played his last game as a member of the Red Sox, but he doesn’t expect the team to flat out release him. He believes they are doing everything in their power to trade him.

“I don’t think they [release him] because there is some history there,” he said. “The guy — other than David [Ortiz] — the history in October, experience and success, Pablo has not just played and done well, he’s excelled in the postseason. There is a skinnier guy in there. You’ve seen him. You just have to figure out how to get back to that place.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘[Eduardo] Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy’ 04.06.16 at 10:44 am ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, expressed optimism about the Red Sox following Tuesday’s 6-2 Opening Day victory over the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

David Price and the bullpen were impressive in Tuesday’s opener, but Schilling cautioned not to read too much into one game.

“There’s nothing about the last 72 hours that means very much, other than the fact that your team’s healthy,” Schilling said. “This first week is about kind of getting your legs under you. As long as you don’t go 0-6 or lose three or four guys in the lineup … You’re out of spring training. If I’m the Red Sox, you want to get your feet wet, you want to see how quickly [Eduardo] Rodriguez is going to return to the rotation. Those are the things you’re thinking [about]. You don’t look at big picture/small picture. In a 162-game season, what is it, every 16 games you kind of take a snapshot.”

Kirk Minihane predicted 68 wins and another last-place finish for the Red Sox. Schilling does not agree.

“Listen, I love him to death, but sometimes really dumb crap comes out of his mouth. You’ve got to know when that is,” Schilling said. “I don’t think they’re going to be a 105-win team, but I think they’ll be closer to 90 than they will 69.”

After Price, there are a lot of question marks about the Red Sox rotation. Schilling said if the remaining starters struggle, that could create problems for the ace.

“The guy’s a Cy Young winner. There’s no question he’s really, really good,” Schilling said. “A lot of it’s going to have to do with how the four guys line up behind him, and how consistent they are. Because it becomes a very challenging situation when your team’s struggling and it feels like the day you pitch is the only day people are expecting [your team] to win. That’s a different kind of pressure, and it’s not fun. But I think they’re going to be all right.”

Looking at the rest of the starters, Schilling holds Rodriguez in the highest regard.

“Given what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s any question that Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy,” Schilling said. “I think David is going to be just the perfect guy to have to help him move along. The other guys, people tend to forget that Rick Porcello is 27 years old. He’s been around a long time. What you’re looking for from them is consistency. With that bullpen as good as I think it’s going to be, you’re trying to get the starters to consistently give you innings.”

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Curt Schilling on ‘Enough About Me’ podcast: Red Sox ownership ‘never gave a [expletive] about me’ 03.11.16 at 11:10 am ET
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Red Sox Hall of Famer and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Kirk Minihane on his “Enough About Me” podcast to discuss various topics including his nonexistent relationship with the Red Sox, his failed video game company, and his controversial comment about Muslims. To listen to the podcast, go to the WEEI.com audio on demand page.

It has become apparent in recent years that Schilling and Red Sox ownership have not seen eye-to-eye since his retirement. He explained that the last straw in their relationship came when the bosses did not believe Schilling was being truthful regarding an injury he suffered in his final offseason.

“I thought I had a very close relationship with all three [John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino], absolutely,” Schilling said. “That meeting we had when we got together with the player rep, they said things in that meeting that made me realize that they never gave a [expletive] about me. … The thought that they might think I was lying bowled me over, because I was taking pain meds all through this time. From ’04 to when I retired, whenever I needed it. I knew why, because I wanted to pitch, and they wanted me to pitch. But when I was done, they were done.”

Added Schilling: “I think eventually what it was was I don’t think they really cared anymore about me because they knew I was almost done.”

Another hot topic from Schilling’s past is his failed video game company. He explained what led to these struggles, and how it damaged him in more ways than one.

“It was a very family-oriented [company], and that’s why the end was so unbelievably painful, because I hurt people that I deeply cared about,” Schilling said. “I was as emotionally invested as I was financially.”

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