Baseball legend Curt Schilling penned a scathing column Sunday targeting a group of individuals who sent sexually derogatory tweets to his daughter over the weekend.
It started when Schilling tweeted a simple congratulatory message to his 17-year-old daughter Gabby for getting accepted into college.
Moments later, Schilling and Gabby’s Twitter accounts were flooded with vulgar, sexually-explicit messages that TheBlaze has chosen not to reprint.
Being a father, Schilling could not stand by and do nothing. The legendary pitcher penned a blistering column on his blog.
If you are a dad this is something you well know already, if you are a dad with a daughter this is likely to get your blood going. If you are a boy, or young man, or husband, and you haven’t experienced children yet, or haven’t had a daughter, it’s next to impossible for you to understand.
My daughter, my one and only daughter, has worked her a** off playing sports the past 9-10 years. She’s loved it, and I’ve loved being able to both watch, and coach along the way.
Last week we were told she’d been accepted to college and will begin playing softball there next year.
Clearly an incredibly proud day.
And tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow.
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…
My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’s just say I can’t repeat and I’m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.
These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.
This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’re at a point now where you better be sure who you’re going after.
If I was a deranged protective dad I could have been face to face with any of these people in less than 4 hours. I know every one of their names, their parents, where they go to school, what they do, what team they are on, their positions, stats, all of it. I had to do almost nothing to get ANY of that information because it is all public.
What part of talking about a young woman, my daughter or not, makes you even consider the possibility that this is either funny or makes you tough?
The ignorance and pathetic lack of morals or of any integrity is astounding.
These aren’t thugs, tough guys or bad a**es, these aren’t kids who’ve had it rough, they aren’t homeless or orphans, these are pretty much ALL white, affluent, college attending children, and I mean children.
A mistake is tweeting once and saying “damn, I’m an idiot” and taking it down. These guys? They’re making conscious choices to cyberbully an amazing and beautiful young woman on the internet, that none of them know by the way, because they don’t like her dad or they somehow think saying words you can teach a 5 year old is tough? Cool? Bad a**? Something I am missing? My right hand to God I promise all of you that tweeted this stuff, the friends around you saying “dude that’s hilarious” and “OMG that’s awesome”? Those people? Inside they’re actually thinking “what an a**#$!Q” and “holy crap what a piece of trash”, no matter what they say to your face.
Ladies? If any of these guys is your boyfriend you’re in for a real rude awakening.
Lastly? Not one of these gutless clowns would even think of saying a word of ANY of this in person.
In his blog post, Schilling particularly targeted two individuals and published screen shots of the comments they sent his daughter online. Soon after, their social media accounts were deactivated.
One of the individuals, Sean MacDonald, was found to be a ticket seller for the New York Yankees. According to NJ.com, he was fired from his position.
“We have zero tolerance for anything like this,” a spokesperson for the team said. “We’ve terminated him.”
The other individual targeted by Schilling, college student Adam Nagel, was denounced by his fraternity and suspended from Brookdale College while police conduct an investigation.
Theta Xi Fraternity said his comments were “inappropriate and offensive” and the college said they “clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students.”
“The Brookdale Police are actively investigating this matter,” the statement said, according to NJ.com. “Our sincerest apologies to Gabby Schilling. Her achievement should be celebrated and not clouded by offensive comments.”
Following Schilling’s blistering column, his daughter gave him a heartfelt thanks online.
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