Curt Schilling says he's leaving Massachusetts to be with 'people that are nice'

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Curt Schilling has had enough of Boston.

After facing years of criticism in the region following his playing career, the former Red Sox pitcher revealed in an interview with USA Today that he is leaving Massachusetts and moving to Tennessee to be with "people that are nice."

"Outside of our circle of friends, it hasn't been a real pleasant experience in Boston," Schilling said. "So we're just trying to find a place to live out our lives with happiness with people that are nice, and Tennessee is it."

Schilling has been no stranger to controversy since retiring in 2009 after a career in which he won three World Series, including two with the Red Sox. He was suspended by ESPN in 2015 for a social media post that inaccurately compared Muslims and Muslim extremists to German Nazis. ESPN fired him a year later for an anti-transgender social media post.

Schilling has also faced criticism for "joking" about lynching journalists and recently for supporting the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump.

In January, shortly after the Capitol insurrection, Schilling requested to be removed from next year's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot after once again coming up short, amid reports that some reporters had asked to change their ballots (although none were allowed to do so). The BBWAA has asked the Hall of Fame to ignore his request and leave him on the ballot for his final year of eligibility.

Schilling's post-playing career was also marred by a lawsuit brought by the state of Rhode Island in 2012 after his 38 Studios gaming company defaulted on a $75 million loan from the state and fired all its employees.

In the interview with USA Today, Schilling also disclosed that his wife, Shonda, has breast cancer.

"She's battling," he said. "It kind of came out of nowhere. So she's finished her chemo, she's halfway through radiation. We're moving to Tennessee when her radiation is done."