CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is involved in a new social media controversy- this one involving a meme that was posted on his Twitter account Tuesday. The meme, which features a picture of Adolf Hitler and reads: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” was taken down after only being up for about 10 minutes.
Going along with the picture, Schilling had tweeted: “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”
Schilling, who is perhaps best known for pitching on a badly-injured ankle in the in the pivotal Game 6 of the 2004 AL Championship series, has been a controversial figure, even in Red Sox Nation. In a region that is among the nation’s most liberal, he has been known for his vocal conservative political views. Further, the gaming company he founded prior to his retirement, 38 Studios, went bankrupt, despite a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island taxpayers.
Schilling was at the center of another social media controversy earlier this year, in which he publicly identified men who had tweeted sexually violent comments toward his teenage daughter. Some of those men were fired from their jobs as a result.