Last week, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and proud papa Curt Schilling sent out a tweet to his daughter, Gabby, congratulating her for signing a national letter of intent to pitch at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.
While the outspoken and sometimes controversial broadcast sports analyst expected to attract the attention of some internet trolls, he couldn’t believe some of the responses he was getting.
At first, he wrote on his blog, he got responses like, “I’ll take care of her,” “Can’t wait to date her!,” and “Looking forward to partying with her.” Soon, though, the tweets turned nasty and extremely sexually explicit.
“Now let me emphasize again,” Schilling wrote, “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.”
The protective dad couldn’t just sit back and let people make such lewd comments about his precious daughter. He starting posting screenshots of the vile tweets and information about some of the writers that he was able to find with some quick Internet searches.
“‘The Sports Guru’?” he wrote, “Ya he’s a DJ named Adam Nagel (DJ is a bit strong since he’s on the air for 1 hour a week) on Brookdale Student Radio at Brookdale Community College. How do you think that place feels about this stud representing their school? You don’t think this isn’t going to be a nice compilation that will show up every single time this idiot is googled the rest of his life? What happens when a potential woman he’s after googles and reads this?
“The other clown?” he continued, “He’s VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I’d prefer to have no one I know in it. Also, does anyone attending Montclair State University have a student handbook? If so can you pass it along because I am pretty sure there are about 90 violations in this idiots tweets.”
Schilling only posted personal information about two of the trolls, writing that he “stopped because the rest was more of the same”–but provided leads for two others for anyone who might be interested in tracking them down.
Deadspin reports that both of the Twitter accounts Schilling exposed have since been deleted. Brookdale Community College released a statement on Facebook saying that Nagel has been suspended. Sean MacDonald, the other tweeter Schilling outed, a recent graduate of Montclair State University, was fired from his job as a part-time ticket seller for the Yankees.
“These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons,” Schilling wrote on his blog. “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.”
Schilling acknowledged that some people have told him to lighten up, saying that he is ruining lives by making such a big deal out of the offensive tweets; but he had some strong words for those naysayers:
You pieces of garbage out there who are even starting to think “what’s the big deal?” or “I was just joking around” can stick it.
Schilling included an apology to Gabby at the end of his blog post, telling her he knew she was probably embarrassed, but that he wanted her to know that it is never okay for anyone to talk to her or any other woman the way the men on Twitter had spoken to her. Gabby didn’t seem to mind her dad sticking up for her, though, later tweeting:
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom