Former Red Sox great Curt Schilling is lambasting Twitter trolls who have threatened the retired pitcher’s daughter with sexual violence.
It started with this tweet:
Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015
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Rape jokes, bloody underwear references and “pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom,” from various Twitter handles then followed, according to Schilling, who took to his blog to blast such responses.
My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’s just say I can’t repeat and I’m getting beyond angry thinking about it.
Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.
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.
This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’re at a point now where you better be sure who you’re going after.
His daughter, Gabby, appreciated his handling of the matter:
@gehrig38 don't know what i would do without you, i love you so much!!— Gabby Schilling (@GabbyS_chilling) March 2, 2015