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Curt Schilling takes leave of absence from ESPN

Former MLB player Curt Schilling poses for Reuters at E3 convention in Los Angeles

Former MLB player Curt Schilling poses in a game demonstration room at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in this photo taken June 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Schilling heads videogame company 38 Studios which is releasing its first online game. Photo taken June 9, 2011. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASEBALL)


By mutual agreement, Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from ESPN following the controversy with his video game company, 38 Studios.

Schilling’s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7 after previously laying off its entire staff. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee deal from the state of Rhode Island.

Schilling will now have some extra time to work through his business issues. The two-time 20-game winner was hired by ESPN to chime in on its Baseball Tonight program prior to the 2011 season. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said the plan is for Schilling to return to the air later this season.