A Yankees employee was fired and a New Jersey community college student was suspended after they were outed as Internet trolls who posted offensive comments about former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's daughter on Twitter.
Schilling, the baseball great known for pitching through injury and a bloody sock en route to Boston's first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, wrote a blog post outing Sean MacDonald, the Yankees employee, and Adam Nagel, a Brookdale Community College student, after the pair allegedly wrote vulgar tweets about the 48-year-old's daughter.
Nagel and MacDonald's comments allegedly came after Schilling sent out a message congratulating his 17-year-old for being accepted to Salve Regina University to pitch on the school's softball team. Nagel, MacDonald and several other Twitter users then responded, sending vulgar and sexually explicit comments about her, including several that Schilling said mentioned rape.
In his post, Schilling said that he knows "guys will be guys" but the vulgar tweets "were so far off the radar it's pathetic."
"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," Schilling wrote.
Brookdale Community College said in a Facebook post Monday that Nagel -- who also hosts a 1-hour show on the school's public radio station, according to Schilling -- had been suspended and is scheduled to appear in a conduct hearing. The Brookdale police are also investigating the case.
"The Twitter comments posted by this student are unacceptable and clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students," the school said.
NJ.com reports that the Yankees fired MacDonald on Monday. The team told the news outlet that he was hired as a part-time ticket-seller in January and had worked about 18 hours over four days.
Schilling also identified MacDonald as a former member of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. The fraternity also condemned the tweets, according to NJ.com.
Both Nagel and MacDonald's Twitter accounts have been deactivated.
In addition to the Red Sox, Schilling played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He started a video game company in Rhode Island after retiring, which went bankrupt.