Curt Schilling Will Red Dox You For Disrespecting His Daughter
Legendary pitcher Curt Schilling, who famously won game six of the 2004 ALCS, breaking the eighty-six year curse of the Boston Red Sox wherein they routinely failed to get past the American League Championship and into the World Series, has recently struck back against social media harassment.
In a long post on his blog, Schilling describes how, after tweeting about his daughters’ sports scholarship at Salve Regina University (she’s pitching for their softball team, of course) in Newport, Rhode Island, some nefarious characters took the opportunity to say horrible things. He said that he expected posting about his daughter’s good news that someone would try to ruin his day, but wasn’t expecting to see the sexually-explicit and harassing messages sent to him.
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…
The Red Dox Incident
Perhaps ironically, there were a total of nine offending characters, many of whom who very obviously were part of college sports teams and, therefore, have agreed to a code of conduct clause. Essentially, by saying things like they wanted to rape Curt Schilling’s daughter or otherwise acting in ways unbecoming of their team, they were risking their position, and, surely in some cases, their scholarship. But, many of them apologized, according to Schilling, because they’d been caught (he’s not your typically man his age – he understands how IP addresses and geo-locating work, and it turned out that most of these people were scarily close to Newport.)
It seems that two of them, @Nagels_Bagels, and @primetime277, saw no reason to apologize. They continued on with their harassment of the man who won three World Series championships with two teams (the other was the Arizona Diamondbacks, in 2001). So what’d he do? He dox’d them, of course, making their semi-private information very public.
Their names are Sean MacDonald and Adam Nagel. MacDonald is an obvious Yankees fan, having in January started working as a part-time ticket seller for the Yankees. That is, until this, which the organization didn’t find funny at all, and summarily fired him.
Meanwhile Nagel, a sophomore at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, has been suspended pending further investigation. The college issued a statement:
The Twitter comments posted by [Adam Nagel] are unacceptable and clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students. The student has been summarily suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing where further disciplinary action will be taken. […] The Brookdale Police are actively investigating this matter. Our sincerest apologies to Gabby Schilling. Her achievement should be celebrated and not clouded by offensive comments.
Two other trolls were unidentifiable for various reasons. Curt was asking for help as in identifying them, as of this writing. Surely, a web detective in search of a bounty has one here. These guys are just asking for it. While Schilling didn’t expressly offer a bounty, doxxing these remaining offenders would likely earn one a lot of cheap publicity. Here are the offending twits:
Long gone are the days when an internet troll can cross the line without the reasonable expectation of being found out. Recent compromises of The Onion Router and other revelations of just how much surveillance is embedded in these boxes many once thought could liberate us all make the future for those who prefer anonymity seem bleaker. The lesson from this incident should be clear by now: conduct yourself on social media the same way you would at any other social function.
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