Yankees fire employee over alleged tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter
A part-time ticket seller employed by the New York Yankees has been fired by the team after he was outed as one of the alleged individuals who sent Curt Schilling inappropriate tweets about his teenage daughter, according to a NJ.com report.
Schilling had posted a message on Twitter last week congratulating his 17-year-old daughter Gabby regarding how she had been accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, where she will play softball.
Schilling’s tweet elicited several vulgar tweets, including some that mentioned rape, from Twitter users, some of which the former MLB pitcher called out both on social media and in a post to his blog published Sunday, in which he posted screenshots of several of the offensive tweets.
One of the individuals who allegedly made vulgar tweets was Sean MacDonald, a Montclair State University graduate and former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity, later identified on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan Show” as a Yankees employee.
Jason Zillo, the Yankees director of communications, told NJ.com that MacDonald was hired by the team in January as a part-time ticket seller and had worked approximately 18 hours in that capacity. Zillo also mentioned MacDonald was fired by the team on Monday.
“We have zero tolerance for anything like this,” Zillo said. “We’ve terminated him.”
The Theta Xi fraternity issued a statement which read in part that it was aware of MacDonald’s alleged tweet, adding that “inappropriate and offensive tweets that were posted by an alumnus of Theta Xi Fraternity. We agree wholeheartedly that cyber-bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
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