Former Major League hurler Curt Schilling came to his daughter Gabby’s defense, a week after congratulating her via Twitter for her acceptance to college at Salve Regina, where she will pitch for the softball team.
The former Philadelphia, Boston and Arizona star tweeted the note on February 25.
It immediately brought out the trolls, who bombarded Gabby and Curt Schilling with vile, vulgar and violent tweets.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It All Began With a Simple Congratulatory Tweet to His Daughter
Curt Schilling simply tweeted a congratulations to his daughter. He didn’t direct it to her Twitter account – @GabbyS_chilling.
Salve Regina is in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Seahawks compete in Division III.
Students from the school also tweeted harassing remarks, and Curt Schilling appeared on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday morning and said those trolls have been dealt with.
2. Gabby & Curt Schilling Began Receiving Vulgar Attacks
Almost immediately the attacks began. They were tame at first, such as people saying that they wanted to date or party with her. Schilling said he expected those.
But they quickly escalated to tasteless and threatening, using words like rape and other sexual dialogue.
You can listen to the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show discuss the tweets and situation:
3. Adam Nagel & Sean MacDonald, Who Worked For the Yankees, Were Identified as the Trolls
The two of the main trolls were posting tweets under “Hollywood @primetime 227” and “The Sports Guru @Nagels_bagels.”
Hollywood was identified as Sean MacDonald, who worked as a part-time ticket seller for the Yankees. He was fired.
The Sports Guru was identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. He has been suspended.
Both Twitter accounts have been deactivated.
4. Schilling Came to His Daughter’s Defense on His Blog
Schilling wrote a lengthy post on his blog 38 Pitches on March 1. Read the post here. Be warned, the tweets are graphic. Schilling took screenshots of the tweets and posted them in his blog.
He rips into both trolls and outs Nagel by name. He didn’t have MacDonald’s name at the time of his post.
Schilling then appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and explained why he reacted the way he did:
5. Gabby Is a Senior in High School
Gabby is a 17-year-old senior at Medfield High School in Medfield, Massachusetts, and she will pitch at Salve Regina next season.
Her father won 216 games as a pitcher in a 20-year career, which included three World Series championships, three 20-win seasons and six All-Star Game appearances.