There are bullies everywhere, especially online. Really, online “bullies” are just stupid people with keyboards, but there’s been a lot of focus on them for the past few years – more than they deserve – and this post will show how they should be dealt with.
A proud dad who happens to have his own blog tweeted out congratulations to his daughter, who had just been accepted at a college, and was going to be their women’s softball pitcher next year.
If you follow baseball at all you’ll know who Curt Schilling is – retired star pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He may be a retired pitcher, but he’s not a retired dad; he’s full time and then some, in that role.
Because Schilling’s daughter is an attractive blonde he expected some push back like, “Can’t wait to hit on your daughter…” but what followed didn’t just shock him. It pissed him off. And if you’ve got a to-do list, at the top of it should be “don’t piss off Curt Schilling.”
As many as nine Twitter users paid the price for their posts after Schilling’s proud tweet congratulating daughter Gabby on her acceptance to the Rhode Island College Salve Regina devolved into sexually explicit online comments directed at the teen.
“As a father, besides providing for my family, what other job do I have? Loving my kids and protecting my family,” Schilling told the Daily News Monday night.
He said he is aware of nine trolls who lost their jobs or got kicked off athletic teams — “and we’re not done.”
Schilling is a fierce dad. He’s also rich and retired so he can dedicate his life to ruining yours if you mess with his daughter. And he’s dedicating at least a chunk of his life right now to doing just that.
“Lost in all of this is, my daughter is 17. She’s a minor. And these guys are all adults. I’m pursuing legal recourse on a couple of them because they broke the law. What they did can have them labeled as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.”
Get the idea?
These idiots made it personal. I’m not going to post their responses to Schilling’s tweets because this is a family oriented site. You can find them on your own if you feel the need, but they’re just plain nasty. And Schilling is going after them.
One Twitter user, identified by Schilling as recent Montclair (N.J.) State University graduate Sean MacDonald, was fired by the Yankees as a part-time ticket seller Monday, after the team learned of his offensive posts.
“There is no place for anything like this and the Yankees have zero tolerance for anything of this nature,” Jason Zillo, the Yankees’ executive director of communications, told the Daily News Monday, referring to MacDonald’s firing. “He is no longer with us.”
Schilling noted on his blog that MacDonald was a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity while at Montclair State. The frat was quick to distance itself from his crude remarks.
Schilling traced the comments of another Twitter user to Brookdale Community College student Adam Nagel.
“The student has been summarily suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing where further disciplinary action will be taken,” said Avis McMillon, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey school.
Schilling is looking for the rest right now. If you’re one of them, count your days, he’ll find you.