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Pitching great Curt Schilling: I had gay teammates

Curt Schilling, a pitching great who played for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and other teams during a stellar 20-year career in Major League Baseball, has tweeted that he has played with gay teammates and doesn't understand all the fuss about jocks fearing gays in the locker room.

Under his Twitter ID of @gehrig38, Schilling writes:

“Also, I've never understood this 'issue' with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to ... To do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”

Schilling is an outspoken conservative who campaigned for President George W. Bush's re-election in 2004, putting him in conflict at the time with teammates and owners who supported the Democrat challenger, Sen. John Kerry.

The baseball great also is against marriage-equality and calls it a "sin," but Schilling calls it a state's-rights issue.