Curt Schilling is peddling conspiracy theories surrounding the Parkland shooting
Curt Schilling continues making it impossible to remember him as a potential Hall of Fame pitcher. Instead, the former MLB ace and current Breitbart radio personality insists on stirring up controversy while pushing his political agenda.
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That was the case again on Saturday, when Schilling angered the masses by retweeting a conspiracy theory that alleges one of the survivors from the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. was actually a paid crisis actor.
The student, 17-year-old David Hogg, has been one of the strongest voices in the aftermath of the shooting that claimed 17 lives and left several others wounded. Those attempting to discredit his story claim Hogg has been coached by his father, a former FBI agent, or that he’s been paid to travel to different shooting sites to support stricter gun laws.
Whether Schilling actually believes it, he was all too willing to spread the conspiracy theory on social media.
Just to be clear, in the yearbook photo Schilling retweeted that supposedly proves Hogg is still a high school student in California, a student pictured two rows above is clearly seen wearing a Stoneman Douglas Eagles shirts.
Sadly, this all falls right in line with many of the other politically motivated and controversial commentaries that ultimately cost Schilling his job at ESPN and have irreparably damaged his credibility.
To date, it’s also seemingly hampered his Hall of Fame case. Though Schilling’s percentage increased from 45 to 51.2 in 2018, he’ll enter his seventh year needing to gain nearly another 25 percent to reach the 75 percent required for election. If he fails to meet that mark after 10 years he’ll fall off the writer’s ballot.
Some believe his political opinions shouldn’t impact the Hall of Fame voting. Perhaps that’s true, but this latest incident might be enough to make some of the voters who supported him this past year reconsider. Regardless of where anyone stands on that debate, there’s no denying that Schilling has inflicted the damage on his own reputation.
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