NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling is defending himself after sharing an anti-transgender meme on Facebook.
The post, which Schilling shared Monday, shows a man in a wig, wearing a tight shirt, skirt and stockings with the caption: “Let him in? To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigo who needs to die!!!”READ MORE: Paterson Mother Charged With Murder In 7-Year-Old's Death
In a comment underneath the post, Schilling said, “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.”
North Carolina has come under fire recently for what’s known as the anti-transgender “bathroom law.” PayPal recently pulled a planned facility out of the state, costing 400 jobs, and several musicians have canceled concerts over the law.
After a firestorm of criticism, Schilling took down the post, but in a blog post Tuesday, the three-time World Series champion called it “beyond hilarious.”
“I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period,” Schilling wrote.
He continued, “See here’s the thing. I do NOT care what color you are, what race, what sex, who you sleep with, what you wear. I don’t care and I never have. I have opinions, but they’re just that, opinions. And opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one and they usually stink.”
Schilling said that the people who were offended by the post “are full of crap.”
“You frauds out there ranting and screaming about my ‘opinions’ (even if it isn’t) and comments are screaming for ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’ while you refuse to do and be either,” Schilling wrote.
Schilling has gotten in trouble with previous social media posts. Last year, ESPN suspended Schilling for an anti-Muslim tweet.
Earlier this year, Schilling said in a radio interview that Hillary Clinton should be “buried under a jail.”
ESPN told Sports Illustrated in a statement, “We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it.”