Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Curt Schilling - Hypocrite Douchebag

Here in Rhode Island the controversy du jour is about Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios.

38 Studios was basically bribed away from its original location in Massachusetts to relocate in Providence, RI. Back in 2010 the state of RI worked out a deal with Schilling that would loan $75 million in taxpayer dollars to the fledgling business if it came here and hired residents. There was of course much debate over the wisdom of lending so much money to a company with zero track record.

Now it appears that the opponents of such a risky loan - me included - were right. 38 Studios has defaulted on its loan, by missing a $1.25 million dollar payment due May 1. Today he met with state officials in order to essentially beg the state of Rhode Island to loan even more money to keep the company afloat. This is where the hypocrisy goes into overdrive;

Back in 2011, Schilling had this to say about government bailouts -

"There can be no question our country is in the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I also think there can be no question that it falls on us, the individuals, to find a way out of our own personal crisis." -- Curt Schilling, February 2011
Really?  So last year it fell to the individual to find a way to take care of their own financial crisis, but now it's something the government should help with. Care to take a guess at what his baseball earnings over his career are? I found this on - 

199023Baltimore Orioles$103,000USA Today
199124Houston Astros$125,000USA Today survey
199225Houston Astros$205,0004/2/92 USA TodayAlso $17,500 incent. from PHI - 11/4/92 Tor. Sun
199326Philadelphia Phillies$1,025,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1Includes $25,000 earned bonus
199427Philadelphia Phillies$2,300,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1
199528Philadelphia Phillies$2,300,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1
199629Philadelphia Phillies$2,000,0001997 Joint Exhibit 1Includes $1,400,000 earned bonus
199730Philadelphia Phillies$3,500,0001997 Joint Exhibit 1
199831Philadelphia Phillies$4,700,00011/23/98 USA TodayIncludes $50,000 earned bonus
199932Philadelphia Phillies$5,250,00011/19/99 USA TodayIncludes $50,000 earned bonus
200033Philadelphia Phillies$5,650,0004/5/00 AP
200134Arizona Diamondbacks$6,500,0004/6/01 USA Today
200235Arizona Diamondbacks$10,000,0004/3/02 AP
200336Arizona Diamondbacks$10,000,0004/3/03 AP
200437Boston Red Sox$12,000,0004/7/04 AP
200538Boston Red Sox$14,500,000

200639Boston Red Sox$13,000,000

200740Boston Red Sox$13,000,000

200841Boston Red Sox$8,000,000

Career to date (may be incomplete)$114,158,000

That doesn't include any earnings from broadcasting or other things. I'd like to think that a person with that much money, and with his documented political positions on government bailouts, would actually stand behind his words, but he doesn't. This is why he's not just a hypocrite, but a douchebag too. He has the financial means to fix his problem but he won't. Even though he's publicly stated that doing what he's doing is something he's opposed to. How do you reconcile that with yourself?