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Schilling set to return to ESPN for postseason coverage following benching for tweet


LOUDON, New Hampshire — Curt Schilling is headed back to television for ESPN.

Schilling said Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway he will return to work for the sports network as part of its baseball postseason coverage team. ESPN confirmed that Schilling will return to the studio for "Baseball Tonight" following its coverage of the American League wild-card game.

Schilling was benched this month from telecasts for the rest of the regular season and the wild-card game on Oct. 6. in the wake of an anti-Muslim tweet he made.

The former star pitcher and "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst was pulled by ESPN from a major league game and the network's coverage of the Little League World Series last month after he retweeted a post that compared Muslims and Nazi-era Germans. He has one year left on his contract.

ESPN said it had made no decision on Schilling's role beyond this season.

At the time of the tweet, Schilling said he'd made a "bad decision."

Schilling later sent an email to a sports media site about his Twitter post, causing a further uproar.

ESPN said it punished Schilling because, "Curt's actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company."

Schilling, who also has used Twitter to defend his family over personal attacks, said social media has become "the new 30-second commercial" and too many people want to go viral "for all the wrong reasons."

"A lot of people have told me in the past, you tell it like it is," he said. "I try to explain to people that I don't. I tell it like I think it is."

Schilling, who has been treated for mouth cancer, is a three-time World Series champion with Arizona and the Red Sox.

He delivered the prayer before Sunday's NASCAR race.

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