A long history of online offenses has no doubt earned former Major League Baseball star and recently fired ESPN analyst Curt Schilling a reputation as being racist, homophobic and, most recently, transphobic.
But the ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher maintains he is anything but.
Schilling added he has never treated a person differently based on their sexual preference, religion or race.
"I don’t care. I’ve never cared," Schilling said. "As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with."
The interview with "Breitbart News Daily" host Stephen K. Bannon came just two days after Schilling was fired by ESPN over a post on social media in which he mocked the transgender community in the wake of an anti-LGBT law that requires to use whichever restroom matches the gender on their birth certificate. The network called his conduct "unacceptable."
In addition to his views about the LGBT community, Schilling opened up about his recent firing, religion, the "nosedive" the United States is in as a result of the Obama Administration, and the hypocrisy of people like rock star Bruce Springsteen.
Schilling said that his 16-year-old son is a founding member of the LGBT club at his high school. If his son came home and said he wanted to be a woman, Schilling said, "I would be disappointed, because as a man and a father I want my son to experience fatherhood and being a father and being a grandfather and yada yada. But I wouldn’t care. I wouldn’t care. I would not feel any differently about him. I would not love him any less. I would actually be proud of the fact that he’s trying to be true to himself. Even if I don’t agree with whatever it is that’s happening, I’m good with that."
On the subject of Schilling's recent firing, "Breitbart News Daily" co-host Alex Marlow said its no secret ESPN has a "left-wing tilt," and that his theory is the journalists at ESPN "go to the same journalism schools ... as the ones in the mainstream media we all complain about and pretty much acknowledge are openly left-wing."
Schilling, a conservative, said he loves, and will always love, talking about pitching. "But at a company where the rules are different based completely and solely on your perspective and your beliefs, it didn’t work. They didn’t like that."
In addition to his view that the United States is on a downhill slope, one that's "gone from a gradual descent to a nosedive" under President Barack Obama, Schilling said hypocrisy among Americans has never been as rampant as it is today.
"And that makes me mad, in a way," Schilling said. "Bruce Springsteen, this guy is a hero for some reason, right? I mean, he cancelled the concert in North Carolina over this bill. Is he going to cancel all of his concerts forever in Italy where same-sex marriage is against the law? Or in the Middle East where they behead and execute people that aren’t heterosexual ... Or is this just a stance of convenience? -- where, 'Yeah, I can skip North Carolina and people love me for doing it.'”
Bruce Springsteen is among a number of performers to cancel North Carolina shows in protest of the state's anti-LGBT law, which prevents local municipalities from passing protections against LGBT discrimination and requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth.
The post that got Schilling fired from ESPN was apparently in response to the controversial North Carolina law. In it, Schilling commented: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Asked Friday by "Breitbart News Daily" if he is, as the media has portrayed him, a hater, Schilling said, "There's very little of anything in the world that I hate. Hate takes effort. Hate takes energy. There's far too much in this world that requires effort and energy, otherwise. I don't have the energy to hate. I don't hate anything."
Listen to Schilling's full interview with "Breitbart News Daily" on SiriusSM Patriot below.