ESPN takes Curt Schilling off LLWS broadcast after anti-Muslim tweet

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling #38 throws out the first pitch after being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — ESPN removed Curt Schilling from its broadcast team for the Little League World Series on Tuesday because of an anti-Muslim tweet.

Schilling retweeted a post that said, “Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.

Schilling later deleted the tweet, but a screen grab of the message had already started circulating the Internet.

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The network said the tweet was unacceptable and that it “made that point very strongly to Curt.” ESPN said Schilling was removed from the Little League World Series assignment “pending further consideration.”

Schilling accepted the punishment, saying in a statement: “Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”