Former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling Protects His 17-Year-Old Daughter

On 25 February 2015, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling posted a tweet congratulating his 17-year-old daughter on being accepted to Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where she will pitch on the softball team. Some trolls posted sexually explicit tweets, such as “I’m going to make your daughter’s underwear as red as your sock,” about Mr. Schilling’s underage daughter — something that he made sure that they regretted. He outed the trolls — at least one of whom mentioned the word “rape” while tweeting about Mr. Schilling’s underage daughter, online by listing their names and jobs. In some cases, the trolls were fired or were kicked off athletic teams or were suspended from school. In all cases, people learned how horrible the trolls were and they learned the trolls’ real identities. Mr. Schilling said, “As a father, besides providing for my family, what other job do I have? Loving my kids and protecting my family.” He hopes to exact more justice, pointing out that “my daughter is 17. She’s a minor. And these guys are all adults. I’m pursuing legal recourse on a couple of them because they broke the law. What they did can have them labeled as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.” One troll who worked as a part-time ticket seller for the New York Yankees was fired. Jason Zillo, the Yankees’ executive director of communications, said, “There is no place for anything like this, and the Yankees have zero tolerance for anything of this nature. He is no longer with us.” The fired man had been a member of the Theta Xi fraternity while at Montclair State. The fraternity said in a statement, “We are aware of the inappropriate and offensive tweets that were posted by an alumnus of Theta Xi Fraternity. We agree wholeheartedly that cyber-bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. This is not in accordance with the values of our organization, and we assure you that disciplinary actions have begun to address his unfortunate decision and hold our member accountable.” Another troll was a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. Avis McMillon, a spokeswoman for Brookdale Community College, said, “The student has been summarily suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing where further disciplinary action will be taken.” Mr. Schilling stated, “I’ve said a lot of dumb things, a lot of stupid things. I’ve said things I wish I hadn’t said. But I don’t ever remember in my life, online, in person, in a dream, saying things like that to anyone, or thinking things like that to anyone. Again, I was a high school boy, college kid. I know how we act and how we think. But if I was ever to utter something like that, my dad would come out of the grave and kill me. This is almost like people saying to a woman who got raped, ‘Well, you were dressed for it.’ Are you kidding me?” On his blog, Mr. Schilling wrote, “Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.” In an interview, he said, “This is not a pride thing, where it’s, ‘I’m going to show them.’ One of the defenses of people trying to defend these guys is, ‘You should know this is the world we live in now.’ And my response was, ‘No, it’s not. We can allow it to be that way, but it’s not.’ You want bad to be the norm, then do nothing. Let me be very clear. I don’t know that I could put myself in a place where my daughter would take her life [12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, the victim of cyber-bullying, committed suicide in 2013], but if that happened, I’m that father with nothing to lose. This was an attack on my family.”

For Further Information: Nina Golgowski, Christian Red, “Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling fires back after trolls’ violent, sexual tweets about teen daughter.” New York Daily News. 3 March 2015

For Further Information: Curt Schilling, “The world we live in…Man has it changed. ADDENDUM!” 38 Pitches: Curt Schilling’s Official Blog. WordPress. 1 March 2015

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