Curt Schilling is never shy about his expressing his political beliefs, and Monday the former pitcher and ex-ESPN broadcaster said he would run for president in 2020 or 2024.
Schilling said during a Facebook exchange that he was planning to run for political office in the near future. On wrote, "I am going to run soon" and when asked for more details by a commenter, Schilling said "state office first, white house in eight years" followed by "or four if some amazing illegal event this country elects another Clinton."
Last September, ESPN pulled Schilling off its baseball broadcasts for a controversial tweet in which he compared Muslim extremists with Nazis in Germany.
Schilling apologized for his tweet, but in April, he was fired from the network for making online posts mocking the transgender community in response to the North Carolina law that wiped out local statutes allowing individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender with which they identify.
Besides his firing from ESPN, Schilling told a Kansas City radio station earlier this year that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "should be buried under a jail somewhere (if she gave) classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server."
In 2012, an investigation of possible criminal wrongdoing of his video-game company, 38 Studios, was dropped in Rhode Island, but two months later, Schilling was sued.
Schilling was investigated after Bank Rhode Island loaned $8.5 million to help the company remain in business before it went bankrupt. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation sold $75 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to lure Schilling's company to Providence in 2010.
Schilling made $114 million over an 18-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. He won World Series championships in 2001 with Arizona and 2004 with Boston but has been saddled with controversy after his playing days ended.