Curt Schilling Slammed for Leaking Ex Teammate Tim Wakefield’s Cancer Diagnosis

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Curt Schilling Slammed for Leaking Ex-Teammate Tim Wakefield’s Cancer Diagnosis.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is battling brain cancer, according to his ex-teammate Curt Schilling, who is now being criticized for revealing the diagnosis.

'This is not a message that Tim has asked anyone to share, and I don't even know if he wants it shared,' Schilling said on his podcast, The Curt Schilling Baseball Show. 'Recently, Tim was diagnosed with a very serious, very aggressive form of brain cancer.'

Schilling also told his listeners that Wakefield's wife, Stacy, is battling pancreatic cancer. The couple has two teenage children and currently lives in Florida.

The Red Sox released a statement Thursday stating that the Wakefields 'respectfully ask for privacy at this time.'

Wakefield, 57, is a celebrated member of the 2004 Red Sox, who came back from a 3-0 deficit against the rival New York Yankees to win the American League Championship Series en route to the team's first World Series title since 1918. The knuckleballer played a key role in the postseason by volunteering to pitch in relief during a blowout loss to the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS, thereby saving the other pitchers' arms for the historic comeback.

'Wow just another punch in the gut,' tweeted Red Sox legend Wade Boggs, who left Fenway two years before Wakefield's arrival in Boston. '@TimWakefield49 diagnosed with brain cancer. [You] can beat it Brother keep up the fight.'

Boggs later apologized for addressing the news after learning that the Wakefields had hoped to keep it private: 'At the time I posted my tweet I was unaware that Tim’s condition was not supposed to be public my apologies to Tim and his family.'

While many shared their grief on social media following Schilling's revelation, former US Soccer star Taylor Twellman criticized the controversial retiree on social media: 'This is NOT your place [Schilling]. It wasn't your news to share. BS.'

The Red Sox released a statement Thursday, explaining that Tim and Stacy Wakefield hope to keep their health matters private.

'We are aware of the statements and inquiries about the health of Tim and Stacy Wakefield,' read the team statement. 'Unfortunately, this information has been shared publicly without their permission.

'Their health is a deeply personal matter they intended to keep private as they navigate treatment and work to tackle this disease. Tim and Stacy are appreciative of the support and love that has always been extended to them and respectfully ask for privacy at this time.'

Wakefield was drafted as a first baseman by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988, but after struggling to develop, decided to learn to throw a knuckleball in hopes of becoming a pitcher.

The ploy worked, and by 1992, Wakefield wa