Today on ESPN radio former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling decided to drop a bomb on the baseball and sports community when he discussed a conversation he and with certain Red Sox “members” had in 2008.
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue…”
Schilling has never been one to shy away from controversy: In other words he may have retired from baseball but not from speaking his mind. His remarks about the Sox organization were at the tail end of a much larger conversation – which took place on The Herd with host Colin Cowherd – in reference to the current Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal.
It was specified by Schilling that the “members” involved in the conversation with Schilling back in 2008 are no longer affiliated or involved with the Red Sox organization, but the implications are damming.
“Former members of the organization — they’re no longer there. It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great."
In the wake of Schilling’s allegations the Red Sox PR machine will need to fire up the engines and provide some damage control for the organization moving forward.
Is it me or does this seem a little to convenient? I have some serious questions about the timing and platform for this discussion. Schilling is known for adding to the debate and discussion on a variety of topics within baseball but I have to say this seems “dirty.”
My first question to the former Red Sox ace: Why now Schilling, why right now?
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