Curt Schilling's Appearance On WPRO-A/Providence Makes All Kinds Of Headlines
October 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM (PT)
Former major league pitcher and current weekend talk radio host CURT SCHILLING made headlines during his visit to CUMULUS News-Talk WPRO-A-WEAN/PROVIDENCE host JOHN DEPETRO's show, speaking about the failure of his video game company, which received a large loan from the state of RHODE ISLAND and over which he recently settled a lawsuit, and saying that he will run for U.S. Senate in MASSACHUSETTS against incumbent Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA).
SCHILLING, whose social media comments got him fired from ESPN and who has hinted at running for office in the past, spent three hours with DEPETRO, discussing the failure of his 38 STUDIOS video game company that had gotten a $75 million state loan, intimating that two others involved in the 38 STUDIOS debacle, former State House Speaker GORDON FOX and FOX associate MICHAEL CORSO, had "committed some sort of crime, but (investigators) couldn’t prove it and didn’t know what it was," agreeing with the idea that someone should have gone to jail over the situation. The former RED SOX, PHILLIES, ASTROS, DIAMONDBACKS, and ORIOLES pitcher, also ripped former Governor LINCOLN CHAFEE, who opposed giving 38 STUDIOS the loan and whose comments on the company SCHILLING has blamed in part for the company's failure, which left taxpayers on the hook for the bonds issued to finance the deal. SCHILLING wrote an op-ed piece for SUNDAY's PROVIDENCE JOURNAL criticizing CHAFEE.
CBS affiliate WPRI-TV/PROVIDENCE reports that CORSO's attorney MICHAEL LEPIZZERA responded that SCHILLING "is readying himself for a personal slander suit" with the remarks, which LEPIZZERA characterized as containing "untruths, falsehoods, speculation, conjecture and pure emotional baggage.” No criminal charges were filed by the state over the failure of the company, and SCHILLING said he has nothing to apologize to taxpayers for, although he added, “I’m sorry it ended the way it did.”
On his prospective Senate run, SCHILLING said that he has not talked to his wife SHONDA about it, and SHONDA called in saying she hadn't decided whether she is okay with a run. SCHILLING recently began a weekend show for online and syndication through HOWIE CARR's regional network in NEW ENGLAND.