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Curt Schilling takes leave of absence from ESPN

Jun 17, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

Curt Schilling Reuters

By mutual agreement, Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from ESPN following the controversy with his video game company, 38 Studios.

Schilling’s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7 after previously laying off its entire staff. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee deal from the state of Rhode Island.

Schilling will now have some extra time to work through his business issues. The two-time 20-game winner was hired by ESPN to chime in on its Baseball Tonight program prior to the 2011 season. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said the plan is for Schilling to return to the air later this season.

  1. micker716 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    “By mutual agreement”…right. Like he couldn’t use the paycheck.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Mutual agreement… yeah, right.

  3. jimatkins - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I love the way Schilling is Mr. Republican until the chance comes to suckle at the public teat, $75 mil worth.

  4. nepo784 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM


  5. stairwayto7 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    ESPN needs to investigate this matter and address it on an hour long Sportscenter! They needs to have their investigator reporters outside his house 24/7 folowing hos move! Treat hom like any other person!

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Your kidding right? ESPN is the laughing stock of the sports journalism world. Yes, ESPN is wildly popularamong sports fans but ask anyone who works in the legitimate sports news business and they will tell you ESPN is hated.

      • yahmule - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        ESPN will happily trade favorable coverage for access. An entire network using the Dan LeBetard approach to “journalism”. Calling them whores would be an insult to prostitution.

      • recapp - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        It’s funny you guys mention this. We just launched RECAPP ( on the iPhone in April. It organizes the best news from across the internet by the teams and sports people follow. It turns out, most of the best articles are written from guys at NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, and Sports Illustrated. ESPN has the country’s mindshare but when you look deeper, there are so many other great sources for news.

  6. agc99 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Sounds like an outsides the lines episode in the near future. Can’t miss TV, sorry wrong network.

  7. hojo20 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    This should be a SportsCenter topic…..Coors Light Cold Hard Facts…Curt Schilling is a douchebag

  8. kevinbnyc - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I’m really going to miss his insight on Baseball Tonight. Come back soon Curt, and best of luck.


  9. idealisticapathetic - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    probably busy campaigning for Romney.

    because some people think he could actually win lol lol lol lol

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      he COULD actually win. Whether this is a good thing or not is a different subject.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Wow…are you KIDDING me?

      Romney could EASILY win due to (a) the state of the economy and (b) the obscene amounts of money being funneled into his campaign and into right-wing Super PACs as a result of the misguided Citizens United ruling.

      ANY liberal who thinks Obama has this election in the bag and decides gets complacent and cocky needs to have his/her head examined.

      • hasbeen5 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        “ANY liberal. . . needs to have his/her head examined.”

        You are correct sir.

      • chill1184 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        If you think Romney is different from the fool currently in DC your a fool yourself. Romney loves stealing and killing as much as Obama does. The only difference is skin color and hair

    • paperlions - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      The system is so broken and corrupted, I’m not sure it matters too much who wins, the goal of politics is to maintain power, running the country rarely enters into conversation these days

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        /\ /\ /\ THIS /\ /\ /\

      • phillyphreak - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

        For real. It’s hard to keep your stronghold on the sugar….

  10. sabatimus - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Schilling is a shark. And I know what a shark looks like because I’ve seen one up close.

    • jwbiii - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Not at all. Sharks are like wolves: they keep the reef population strong by culling the infirm and the weak. Schilling is the infirm and the weak.

      And yeah, I’ve seen plenty up close, too. I don’t like it when they get too close, but we all have personal space issues.

    • jarathen - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Sharks are winners, and they don’t look back because they don’t have necks. Necks are for sheep. I am proud to be the shepherd of this herd of sharks.

  11. itsmekirill - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger douchemonger

  12. pisano - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out, and by the way, don’t come back.

  13. sportsjoker - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Got some real jack wagons leaving comments on here

  14. aceshigh11 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    I’ll always be thankful for Curt’s post-season performances in ’04 and ’07, but aside from those acts of heroism, he’s a typical right-wing stooge and hypocrite:

    He mindlessly extolls the virtues of self-reliance and personal responsibility, among other empty conservative platitudes, while at the same time bilking the government and hanging his middle-class employees out to dry.

  15. luckywi - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Lenny Dykstra school of business?

  16. grudenthediva - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    To be fair, he only laid off the entire staff because his buddy Mittens told him how fun it is to fire peons.

  17. sincitybonobo - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    ESPN has become insufferable, from a journalistic point of view. I respect Ravy, Kruk, Lark Sut, Schulman, etc. But, they seem to give megaphones to blowhards (see above). MLB Network gets most of my viewing time. Deadspin breaks down how many Sportscenter mentions and minutes that certain topics get. Fascinating. The parent corporation’s financial stake in the NBA Finals should not be so obvious by watching SC- presumably a “news” program. However, the Heat are getting an obscene amount of SC minutes. If NBC had the Finals, would those inflated numbers be consistent? As a baseball junkie, I don’t trust ESPN to give the game a fair shake on a daily basis.

    As for 38, he has left quite a wake of destruction with respect to careers, relationships, and the Rhode Island state treasury. I would love to see the details of an audit. How does one burn through so much so quickly? The first game generated tens of millions in revenue, right? “American Greed” producers are building a case file, undoubtedly.

    Rob Neyer once coined a great nickname for 38 after his phony letter to baseball fans post 9/11- “The Big Patriot”. This was especially perfect given his domination of baseball with teammate Randy Johnson, “The Big Unit”. The nickname captures the phoniness I always detected when TBP opened his mouth.

    TBP’s incompetence has wreaked havoc on a massive scale. However, his failure should be his own- not RI taxpayers’. Nobody forced Lil’ Rhody to co-sign for $75 million in loans so TBP could play corporate honcho with absolutely no experience that would justify such a commitment. At the time, the state thought it was gaining an advantage on Massachusetts. Wow. Deval Patrick must be quite relieved such an enterprise was lured across the Commonwealth’s borders.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      Kruk and Sutcliffe fall on the respect list and not the blowhard list? Really?

      • hasbeen5 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        Exactly. Kruk can be ok because he’s laid back and can be funny. Sutcliffe is really hard to listen to for more than 2 minutes.

    • chill1184 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      ESPN aka the Ministry of Truth and the word respect shouldn’t be in the same sentence. If Steven A. Smith (who “style” of reporting is being obnoxiously loud, annoying and point his finger without making any sense) is considered to be good then there is a serious problem. MSM Sports “journalism” has been become like the regular MSM, they have no interests in real reporting, just cheerleading and trolling. This is another reason why both MSMs are being surpassed by blogs and the like.

  18. ermur22 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    What a republican!!!!!! No government help except when his POS business needs it. 75 mill it’s criminal !

  19. chill1184 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    So crony capitalism doesn’t work huh, I’m shocked! This is what happens when you think the state is your friend when in reality the state will murder you and steal from you in any given notice.

  20. makeham98 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    The only difference between the blowhards at ESPN and the blowhards at MLB network is . . . there is no difference. Just whining from the “east coast bias” crowd.

  21. deathmonkey41 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Let’s hope the federal government uses this much fervor when they investigate, let’s say, a failed solar panel company that was given a $500 million dollar by an administration for their contribution to his campaign before going bankrupt and laying off 1,100 workers.

    • daisycutter1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Yes, I’d like them to take a closer look at the Bush administration.

      After all, they were the ones who pushed to get the Solyndra loan done. They just couldn’t close it in time before Obama’s inauguration.

  22. savocabol1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The jerk store called. They are running out of YOU!!!

  23. ironpeddler255 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Hey Kurt…rub some more ketchup on your tie and go for the sympathy vote once again. Maybe the tie will wind up in the ‘Government Loan Thieves Hall of Fame’.

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