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KHQ - A scathing column written by former Major League Baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling calling out Twitter users who sent sexually explicit messages to his 17-year-old daughter Gabby has gone viral. Schilling has confirmed that he will seek legal action against the men who sent the tweets about his daughter and wants people to understand that you can't just hide behind a computer screen and say whatever you want to people.

It all started with a simple post on Twitter. Schilling tweeted a congratulatory message to his daughter for getting accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island to pitch on their softball team. Within moments of sending the tweet, several Twitter users decided for whatever reason that it would be funny to attack Schilling's daughter Gabby with sexually explicit tweets, some of which mentioned "rape" and "bloody underwear."

Schilling, refused to sit back and ignore the comments. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Schilling said his initial reaction was that he wanted to jump in his car and track every single guy down. Instead, he wrote a scathing column, calling out everyone who sent to disgusting tweets:

"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.

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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 cyber bully 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.

Curt"


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