Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling said he will not run for Congress in Arizona after previously considering mounting a campaign.
In an interview with local radio station 98.7 FM, the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said he has faced backlash since first announcing his interest in a bid, according to KTAR News.
“The things that have been said and done to my wife and kids since I announced interest in running” are not worth it, Schilling said.
Schilling is an outspoken conservative who drew the support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE after he said he was considering running for Congress.
“Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!” Trump tweeted in August.
Schilling at the time did not indicate which district in Arizona he was considering. The state currently has five congressional districts represented by Democrats.
When announcing his interest in a run, Schilling made clear he would focus on immigration and social issues.
Schilling, who pitched for and won a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox, previously considered a 2018 run against Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D) but opted against it, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
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Following his pitching career, Schilling became a broadcaster for ESPN but was fired in 2016 after sharing offensive social media posts that contained anti-transgender comments. Prior to that, he had been suspended from the network for sharing anti-Muslim posts on his social media.