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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling defends conservative view of transgender issue after controversial post

04.20.16 at 8:20 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hornets at Heat, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Pistons at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Islanders, 8 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Schilling transgender post 4-19-16— Curt Schilling again finds himself in the middle of a political firestorm, as the ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher supported the conservative view in the debate about transgendered people and the public bathroom they should use, and as usual he expressed that view in an aggressive way.

Schilling, who is scheduled to appear on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, shared on Facebook a graphic that featured a man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the statement: 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 added in another 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 followed up with a blog post later Tuesday to “address all of you out there who are just dying to be offended to you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind.”

In that post, he brought up his controversial tweet from last year that compared Muslims and Islamist extremists to Germans living during the time when Nazis took over their country. He blasted the media for failing to accurately portray his opinion on that subject — “All you fraudulent media folks, you lazy ass “don’t actually won’t to work for a story” clowns.”

He went on to insist he is not biased, and that people who criticize him are missing the point.

Wrote Schilling: You know how I know you ‘offended’ people are full of crap? Because I’m not even close to any of the things you so desperately want me to be, so you can whine. … 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.

— Agent Drew Rosenhaus made good on his threat to drop Johnny Manziel as a client if he did not seek help for his personal issues, moving on from the former Browns quarterback Tuesday.

Manziel had hired Rosenhaus after his previous agent, Erik Burkhart, parted ways with him after last season. Manziel also was dropped by his marketing firm (LeBron James’ MMR company) in January, and news broke Tuesday that Manziel recently lost his endorsement deal with Nike, which signed him in March 2014 to a multiyear deal.

The player released a statement, saying: “I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now, so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016. I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me.”

Meanwhile, a Dallas grand jury will consider this week whether to charge Manziel for an incident in January in which he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend against her will and struck her so hard she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.

— MMA fighter Jon Jones, who has succeeded inside the ring but struggled outside of it, discussed his battle with addiction, acknowledging, “I was a drug addict” due to his frequent use of marijuana.

“One thing people don’t realize is that you can be a drug addict even if you are a stoner,” he told USA Today. “If you are waking up every day and smoking, smoking before you eat, smoking before you train, smoke before you sleep, smoking before you watch a movie, smoking before your study session, you are an addict. It doesn’t have to be a hard drug to be an addict.

“If you’re spending lots of money on it and all your friends are people who do it as well and you don’t really associate with people who are completely sober, then, yeah, you are an addict. I think that’s why people have these issues with marijuana, because they don’t really consider it a drug.”

Jones, the brother of former Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones, insists he now is clean. And he said he never was a regular user of cocaine despite testing positive after a bout last year.

“I feel like I am having a come-to-Jesus moment right now,” he said. “This is real stuff, and I feel so free talking about it now. A rough beginning doesn’t have to mean there is a rough end. I’m ready to be the best me I can be.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan scored an NBA playoff record 63 points at the Boston Garden, but the Celtics beat the Bulls in double overtime, 135-131. He broke the record of 61 set in 1962, also against the Celtics at the Garden, by which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wasn’t feeling right out there. Warming up I thought I would be able to get through it, and getting through that first inning I just couldn’t get loose out there. Obviously I could tell with the velocity and I wasn’t throwing right.” — Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who was placed on the disabled list following Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays after leaving the game in the first inning

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Points scored by the Celtics in the first quarter of Tuesday’s 89-72 loss to the Hawks, the lowest-scoring opening quarter in the NBA since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock in 1954

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Astros infielder Carlos Correa races into short center field and makes an impressive over-the-shoulder catch against the Rangers.

Pirates baserunner Andrew McCutcheon scores on a balk that was called, overturned and then overturned again, which causes irate Padres manager Andy Green to get ejected.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Elgin Baylor, who scored 61 points to lead the Lakers past the Celtics, 126-121, in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Luther Vandross, the singer of “One Shining Moment,” was born on this day in 1951.

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