Ozzie Guillen II

The more I think about the Marlins suspending Ozzie Guillen, the more disturbed I become.

Once again, I don’t agree with his take on Cuba. But I do believe, in this country, you should be allowed to have a take. And, furthermore, if Major League Baseball is going to require its participants to be interviewed, well, people have opinions. And they aren’t always pretty, or cute, or easily boxed.

Why, the whole thing reminds me of the John Rocker affair of 13 years back, when MLB suspended the man. I have no love for Rocker. Literally, nary a sliver of love exists for him. However, when the decision was made, based upon comments he said to me, well, I was outraged. Here was an interview approved by Major League Baseball, held with one of its participants concerning (laregly) a subject under its watch (baseball), and—BAM!—Bud Selig gets angry when the answers don’t work for him.

Like Rocker, Guillen doesn’t fit into a little happy box. He’s loud and brash and oftentimes dumb. But if you’re going to have microphones, expect words.

And if you expect words, expect discomfort.

4 thoughts on “Ozzie Guillen II”

  1. What’s the problem? It’s America and Ozzie spoke his mind. His employer didn’t like it and it’s their right to suspend him. Do think employees should be allowed to piss off their employers customers without repercussions?

  2. I agree with Barry. When Ozzie speaks, he is not just speaking for Ozzie, he is speaking for the Marlins, Miami and MLB.
    It’s not just some guy speaking broken English….it’s Marlin’s coach says X about Castro. Miami coach, MLB coach, etc….
    HIS words reflect negatively on the team, city and sport and they have every right to punish him just like ESPN had every right to fire Sean Salibury.

  3. Such nonsense. Ozzie was speaking for Ozzie and no one else. His employers can do as they wish. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. But to say Ozzie was speaking for anybody but Ozzie is ridiculous.

  4. Ted, I KNOW those were Ozzie’s OWN words, but when someone in his position says them, as a leader of a team and representative of his city and sport, those comments get attached to that team, city and sport. EVERY Headline about this said either Miami/Marlins or MLB coach says X about Castro.
    This is NOT a freedom of speech issue. When you represent something, be it the police, military, political office, coach and you PUBLICLY say something that stupid, the organization that YOU represent gets YOUR stupid words attached to THEM. They have EVERY right to suspend him and tell what he can and CAN’T say when he is representing them.

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