Curt Schilling declined to comment yesterday on the spiraling controversy surrounding his bloody sock, but he chimed with a more-than-1,500-word response last night on his blog in which he was highly critical of the media and offered a $1 million challenge to anyone who wanted to try to prove the substance on that famous sock wasn’t blood.
In particular, Schilling called out Baltimore Orioles announcer Gary Thorne, who started the maelstrom when he said on an Orioles broadcast that Doug Mirabelli said the sock was painted, not bloody. Thorne last night said he misunderstood the comments.
“Gary Thorne overheard something and then misreported what he overheard. Not only did he misreport it, he misinterpreted what he misreported,” Schilling wrote.
Schilling didn’t stop with Thorne ...
“If you haven’t figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig. Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to,” Schilling wrote. “You can say what you want when you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone. You can always tell the bigger culprits by the fact you never see their faces in the clubhouse. Most of them are afraid to show themselves to the subjects they rail on everyday.”
Schilling also did his part to clear up any lingering confusion about the sock.
“It was blood. You can choose to believe whatever you need to, but facts are facts. The 25 guys that were in that locker room, the coaches, they all know it. In the end nothing else really matters. The people that need to believe otherwise are people with their own insecurities and issues.”
He concluded his scathing blog entry with a challenge to his doubters.
“Someone gave me a great idea to end this once and for all. No one will ever need to bring it up again. I’ll wager 1 million dollars to the charity of (anyone’s) choice, versus the same amount to ALS. If the blood on the sock is fake, I’ll donate a million dollars to that person's charity, if not they donate that amount to ALS.