proud father recently took to Twitter to congratulate his daughter on being accepted to college, where she will pitch for the softball team.
Then the trolls showed up and changed everything.
Unfortunately for the trolls, the proud father was none other than retired World Series MVP and future Hall of Fame pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Curt Schilling, and he wasn’t about to let the trolls win.
While many others joined him in congratulating his 17-year-old daughter on being accepted to the Rhode Island college, a few took the opportunity to hit on her, and some even descended to posting crude vulgarities aimed at the young woman.
Schilling was having none of it though, and the proud father shifted into protective mode, saying, “As a father, besides providing for my family, what other job do I have? Loving my kids and protecting my family.”
“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.”
The former pitcher and ESPN analyst also took to his own personal blog, entitled 38 Pitches, and posted a lengthy enraged rant aimed at the sexually explicit trolls who had bullied his daughter.
Schilling also made it clear that he wasn’t so much interested in getting personal revenge, but in pushing back against online bullying that can lead some young people to despair and even suicide.
“This is not a pride thing, where it’s, ‘I’m going to show them.’ One of the defenses of people trying to defend these guys is, ‘You should know this is the world we live in now.’ And my response was, ‘No, it’s not. We can allow it to be that way, but it’s not.’ You want bad to be the norm, then do nothing,” Schilling said Monday night.
“Let me be very clear. I don’t know that I could put myself in a place where my daughter would take her life, but if that happened, I’m that father with nothing to lose. This was an attack on my family.
-Some two-bit bullies thought they could pick on this young girl and nothing would happen to them.
But they didn’t know who her father is… or that he’s a real-life American legend who decided to make their lives miserable.