Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is firing back at cyberbullies who posted offensive comments about his daughter on Twitter after he congratulated her for being accepted into Salve Regina University.
Schilling’s daughter, Gabby, will begin playing softball there next year. But a message that Schilling posted drew vulgar and sexually-explicit comments about his daughter from several people.
In his blog, 38 Pitches, Schilling wrote “tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow.
“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,” Schilling said. “But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone…”
Schilling re-posted several of the tweets on the blog and identified one individual apparently responsible -- Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.
In response, Brookdale Community College said the student has been suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing to receive further disciplinary action.
“The Twitter comments posted by this student are unacceptable and clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students,” a statement read.
The school said police are also investigating the matter.
“Our sincerest apologies to Gabby Schilling. Her achievement should be celebrated and not clouded by offensive comments,” Brookdale Community College said.
Schilling also asked for the Internet’s help in identifying other users, whose messages he posted.
“Ladies? If any of these guys is your boyfriend you’re in for a real rude awakening,” Schilling wrote.