Heavy-tweetin' ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That's no coincidence—he's been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we're told that it's for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.
Schilling, the former pitcher who rejoined ESPN as a baseball analyst in September after eight months away to deal with mouth cancer, took to Twitter on Nov. 12 to rail against evolution and in favor of creationism.
Law jumped in with a series of Tweets—slightly fractious, but fact-based and generally respectful—disputing Schilling's claims, and those of other Twitter users. A sampling:
It went on for a while, even edging into arguments about vaccination. But something rubbed Bristol higher-ups the wrong way. Law was ordered to stay off Twitter on Wednesday. A source tells us he'll be allowed back on Twitter on Monday.
Curt Schilling continues to tweet:
We've asked ESPN why, and we've also asked for comment on Law's suspension. We'll update this post if we get that.
Update: ESPN has responded with a statement:
Keith's Twitter suspension had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions on the subject.