PITTSBURGH, March 3 (UPI) -- Don't mess with Curt Schilling's daughter.
When the former Red Sox pitcher and World Series MVP announced on Twitter his daughter Gabby was accepted to Rhode Island college Salve Regina earlier this week, some ugly, sexually explicit comments came back. Schilling, who wasn't willing to watch his little girl get raked over the coals, decided to fight back.
Schilling called out several Twitter trolls who have since lost their jobs or got kicked off athletic teams.
"As a father, besides providing for my family, what other job do I have? Loving my kids and protecting my family," Schilling told the New York Daily News. "Lost in all of this is, my daughter is 17. She's a minor. And these guys are all adults. I'm pursuing legal recourse on a couple of them because they broke the law. What they did can have them labeled as a sex offender for the rest of their lives."
It all started innocently enough when proud papa Schilling tweeted Gabby's announcement:
"Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!"
What came next was a flood of "tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom," he wrote on his blog.
Schilling, who is now an ESPN analyst, wasn't going to just let them get away with it. After some background checks, he pinpointed two New Jersey men in particular, Sean MacDonald, a Montclair State University graduate, and Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College, as some of the main offenders.
MacDonald, a part-time ticket seller for the New York Yankees was quickly fired from his job.
"We have zero tolerance for anything like this," Jason Zillo, the team's director of communications said.
And Nagel, a DJ at his college radio station, was suspended from school and could face disciplinary action, including possible criminal charges from the Brookdale police.
Schilling said he's not done ferreting out offenders.
"Now let me emphasize again. 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. But I can't ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone," he wrote on his blog. "These boys have yet to understand one of life's most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things."