Curt Schilling can’t go one month without shooting his mouth off. He’s simply not capable of it. So it should come as no surprise that, when he sat down recently with Bob Costas, Schilling said some fairly contentious stuff.
According to ESPN, Schilling told Costas that he felt that Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds’ refusals to address accusations of steroids use are tantamount to admissions.
“If someone wrote that stuff about me and I didn’t sue their [butt] off, am I not admitting that there’s some legitimacy to it?” he said on HBO’s “Costas Now.”
Schilling said “this will be the steroids era forever” and proposed that Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro should be punished for steroids use.
“Jose Canseco admitted he cheated his entire career,” Schilling said. “Everything he ever did should be wiped clean. I think his MVP should go back and should go to the runner-up.”
As for Palmeiro, Schilling said: “The year he tested positive, nothing he did that year should count, which I think would take away 3,000 hits for him.”
The only thing surprising about Schilling’s comments is that they come just two months after the Red Sox pitcher apologized for comments he made regarding Bonds’ alledged steroid use.
Here’s what Schilling said about Bonds:
“I mean, he admitted that he used steroids,” Schilling said Tuesday. “I mean, there’s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner trying to figure out where to be. It’s sad.
“And I don’t care that he’s black, or green, or purple, or yellow, or whatever. It’s unfortunate … there’s good people and bad people. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the way it’s happening.”
And here’s Schilling’s apology:
“Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days. Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything Barry Bonds it was absolutely irresponsible and wrong to say what I did. I don’t think it’s within anyone’s right to say the things I said yesterday and affect other peoples lives in that way.”
So it’s a little weird that Schilling, after publicly apologizing for criticizing Bonds’ steroid use, would again publicly criticize Bonds’ steroid use. Except that this is Curt Schilling and shooting his mouth off is what he’s best at. So it’s really not that weird at all.