Many Internet bullies and trolls don’t think there are any repercussions to their actions, since they can easily hide behind a screen. Newsflash Internet trolls - there are repercussions to your actions! Especially if you are harassing Curt Schilling’s daughter on Twitter.
Former baseball star and dad Curt Schilling, 48, recently tweeted a congratulatory tweet to his daughter Gabby Schilling, 17, for getting accepted to college, where she will play softball. Many happy and positive replies to his tweet followed, along with some not so pleasant ones.
"[There were] tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow," Schilling wrote on his personal blog. Schilling wasn’t going to let this behavior go unpublished. So, he tracked down those behind the comments and called them out.
"The Sports Guru? Ya he's a DJ named Adam Nagel (DJ is a bit strong since he's on the air for 1 hour a week) on Brookdale Student Radio at Brookdale Community College," Schilling wrote. "How do you think that place feels about this stud representing their school? You don't think this isn't going to be a nice compilation that will show up every single time this idiot is googled the rest of his life? What happens when a potential woman he's after googles and reads this?"
"The other clown?" he added. "He's VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I'd prefer to have no one I know in it. Also, does anyone attending Montclair State University have a student handbook? If so can you pass it along because I am pretty sure there are about 90 violations in this idiots tweets."
Since the three-time World Series champion exposed those behind the vulgar posts, at least nine have been reprimanded for their actions, including losing their jobs or being suspended from school.
Schilling said he was happy with the outcome and that these young men have to learn their lesson. On Tuesday morning, he continued that thought when speaking to Good Morning America's Gio Benitez along with his daughter. He said it was his fatherly instinct to get involved and protect his daughter.
"I grew up in a locker room. I grew up playing sports," he continued. "I know what it means to be a guy. Never in my life have I ever uttered half of the words that these guys were posting."
"It wasn't a mistake," Schilling said of the offenders. "This was a conscious decision to be an idiot and to say some pretty evil stuff... I'll do everything I can do to not embarrass her but I'll never not protect her."
Gabby added that "Nobody should be able to get away with saying things like that to a father about their daughter."
Schilling, who recently finished chemo and radiation for mouth cancer, told the New York Daily News that though he may have "said a lot of dumb things, a lot of stupid things," he would never would say the things the cyberbullies had online.
"But I don't ever remember in my life, online, in person, in a dream, saying things like that to anyone, or thinking things like that to anyone," he told the paper.
"Again, I was a high school boy, college kid. I know how we act and how we think. But if I was ever to utter something like that, my dad would come out of the grave and kill me. This is almost like people saying to a woman who got raped, 'Well, you were dressed for it.' Are you kidding me?"
What do you think of Schilling’s response?