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Curt Schilling questioned ESPN job status in donation to Ben Carson campaign

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling reacts after being introduced as a member of the franchise’s Hall of Fame at Fenway Park. AP

Baseball fans may remember that Curt Schilling was suspended from his ESPN analyst job last summer after he made a certain political statement on social media.

Turns out the former Boston Red Sox pitcher made another, less overt political statement, about a week after the suspension, in the form of a $250 donation to the Republican presidential campaign of Ben Carson.

Given Schilling’s history of supporting Republican candidates, the donation isn’t necessarily surprising. However, in the September 1 contribution form, Schilling rasised questions over how much longer he would be employed at ESPN.

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Under “Name of Employer,’’ he wrote “ESPN (Not sure how much longer),’’ and under “Occupation,’’ Schilling filled in “Analyst’’ with another parenthetical: “For now anyway.’’

Two days later, ESPN — having already removed Schilling from Little League World Series broadcasts — suspended him for the rest of the MLB season.

Schilling’s donation to Carson came a little more than a month after he said we would stop supporting Donald Trump, after the billionaire questioned whether Arizona Sen. John McCain — whose presidential campaign Schilling donated $2,300 to in 2008 — was a war hero.

ESPN published a memo last month, in light of the 2016 presidential race, asking employees to refrain political commentary, but a network spokesman told CNN that does not disabuse employees from making donations to campaigns.

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h/t CNN Money

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