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Curt Schilling defends Breitbart editor's comments on pedophilia, later apologizes

Former Red Sox pitcher says he had 'no idea of the video/audio' defending pedophiles prior to comments.

In the latest Twitter escapades of Curt Schilling, theRed Sox pitcher turned right-wing radio showhost jumpped to defend his Breitbart News colleague Milo Yiannopoulos, who came under fire this weekend after a video resurfaced of him apparently defending pedophilia.

Yiannopoulos condones sexual relationships between men and boys as young as 13 and downplays the seriousness of abuse by priests in the Catholic Church in the video, which is nearly three hours long.

After the video was publicized by the news media, Yiannopoulos was dropped as a spearker atthe Conservative Political Action Conference.

He later resigned from Breitbart News.

As the controversy stewed, Schilling took to Twitter Monday night to defend his colleague — later admitting he hadn't seen the video. Schilling hosts a radio show for Breitbart called "Whatever it Takes."


He battled back and forth with the twitterverse for the better part of an hour before someone sent him the link to the YouTube video.


He dialed back his remarks after listening to Yiannopoulos' remarks and apologized.


Schilling owned his mistake, but just a few hours earlier on Monday he was blasting news organizations like CNN and MSNBC for propagating what he called "fake" news.


Schilling is known for his off-the-cuff social mediaantics,engaging in drawn-out arguments with liberals headed to the Women's March on Washingtonthe day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

In 2014he got into a four-hour Twitter debate defending creationism.

Schilling was fired from ESPN last April following a Facebook post in which he appeared to mock the transgender community.

RELATED:ESPN: We fired Curt Schilling


The year before that the sports news network suspended Schilling following a tweet he made about Islamic extremism.

In the now-deleted tweet Schilling said,"It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. how’d that go?" His words were posted alongside an image of Hitler. He took down the tweet and issued a quick apology.

 

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