An angry father, who also happens to be baseball legend Kurt Schilling, went into beast mode to get revenge on his daughter’s bullies, and now they’re running scared.
Schilling, a former Boston Red Sox pitcher who’s won a World Series MVP award, posted an innocent tweet congratulating his daughter on getting accepted into the Rhode Island college Salve Regina, where she’ll be following in her father’s footsteps and pitching for their softball team, the Seahawks. However, rather than follow in his praise for the 17-year-old girl, Twitter users started attacking her with sexually explicit messages, and the New York Daily News reports that so far nine of them have paid the price for it.
“As a father, besides providing for my family, what other job do I have? Loving my kids and protecting my family,” Schilling told the Daily News.
Schilling said he’s fully aware that nine trolls have faced dire consequences for their actions, but “we’re not done,” he said.
If you are a dad this is something you well know already, if you are a dad with a daughter this is likely to get your blood going. If you are a boy, or young man, or husband, and you haven’t experienced children yet, or haven’t had a daughter, it’s next to impossible for you to understand.
My daughter, my one and only daughter, has worked her a** off playing sports the past 9-10 years. She’s loved it, and I’ve loved being able to both watch, and coach along the way.
Last week we were told she’d been accepted to college and will begin playing softball there next year.
Clearly an incredibly proud day.
And tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow.
Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone…
My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’s just say I can’t repeat and I’m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.
These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.
This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’re at a point now where you better be sure who you’re going after.
If I was a deranged protective dad I could have been face to face with any of these people in less than 4 hours. I know every one of their names, their parents, where they go to school, what they do, what team they are on, their positions, stats, all of it. I had to do almost nothing to get ANY of that information because it is all public.
What part of talking about a young woman, my daughter or not, makes you even consider the possibility that this is either funny or makes you tough?
The ignorance and pathetic lack of morals or of any integrity is astounding.
These aren’t thugs, tough guys or bad a**es, these aren’t kids who’ve had it rough, they aren’t homeless or orphans, these are pretty much ALL white, affluent, college attending children, and I mean children.
A mistake is tweeting once and saying “damn, I’m an idiot” and taking it down. These guys? They’re making conscious choices to cyberbully an amazing and beautiful young woman on the internet, that none of them know by the way, because they don’t like her dad or they somehow think saying words you can teach a 5 year old is tough? Cool? Bad a**? Something I am missing? My right hand to God I promise all of you that tweeted this stuff, the friends around you saying “dude that’s hilarious” and “OMG that’s awesome”? Those people? Inside they’re actually thinking “what an a**#$!Q” and “holy crap what a piece of trash”, no matter what they say to your face.
Ladies? If any of these guys is your boyfriend you’re in for a real rude awakening.
Lastly? Not one of these gutless clowns would even think of saying a word of ANY of this in person.
As it turns out, one of the Twitter users who resorted to the vile bullying was a ticket seller for the New York Yankees, a long-time rival of the Red Sox. However, the Yankees organization said they have “zero tolerance” for that kind of behavior, and Montclair (N.J.) State University graduate Sean MacDonald was promptly fired by the team.
MacDonald also belonged to the Theta Xi Fraternity, who didn’t hesitate to call his disgusting posts “offensive and inappropriate,” while promising disciplinary action against him.
Schilling was able to trace other tweets back to the account of Brookdale Community College student Adam Nagel, who also has to face the music. The college quickly suspended him and scheduled a conduct hearing, where “further disciplinary action will be taken.
Schilling, who is currently fighting mouth cancer and just finished another round of chemotherapy, has a simple explanation why he’s going to such great lengths to punish Internet trolls.
“Let me be very clear,” he said. “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.”
While many might argue that Internet trolls are commonplace in today’s time and as such, we should take them with a grain of salt, I can’t for a second blame Schilling for coming to his daughter’s defense. We hear too many stories these days about kids who are bullied to the point of suicide, and I couldn’t even imagine being a parent who loses a child after knowing that it’s been happening.
Kudos to Schilling for standing up for his family and what he believes in. Trolls are a dime a dozen, but real men willing to take a stand aren’t.