By Jueseppi B.
I am no fan of dictators, I am no fan of Fidel Castro. But so what if Ozzie Guillen is? This is the United States Of America, and in this country a man should NOT be suspended from his place of work for saying he admires Fidel Castro.
When you allow Lush Rimbaugh to call a young woman a slut & a prostitute for her beliefs on women’s contraception, and he remain employed, but you suspend a Venezuelan for his remarks on Fidel Castro….you tell me if that is just. Or right. Or racist.
Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. At least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job.
Ozzie gave this interview to Time Magazine, he was NOT wearing a Miami Marlins uniform, he was NOT representing The Miami Marlins. So what right do the Miami Marlins have to suspend Ozzie for 5 games, over his right to love Fidel Castro? Somebody please explain to me what a man’s opinions over politics has to do with his job as a baseball manager?
And then to my surprise, Ozzie apologies for his remarks.
The suspension by the team takes effect immediately. It was announced shortly before Guillen was to hold a news conference to explain his remarks, which caused a public backlash.
“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” read a statement from the team. “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”
Could this be about money? Could the Marlins be more worried about this backlash from the Cuban Americans in the Miami community rather than Ozzie’s right to have and voice his opinions?
Outside the entrance to the ballpark, demonstrators shouted as the news conference began. Guillen began by speaking in Spanish.
The gathering at the ballpark drew a large turnout, including two dozen TV cameras lined up along the back. Among those in attendance were Marlins President David Samson and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.
The political firestorm came shortly after the Marlins opened their ballpark last week in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The team is trying to rebuild its fan base with the help of South Florida‘s large Cuban American population.
Francis Suarez, chairman of the Miami city commission, said Guillen should be fired. Joe Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade County board of commissioners, said Guillen should resign.
Guillen apologized over the weekend after the story broke, but some Cuban-Americans remained upset. One group planned a demonstration Tuesday before Guillen said he would fly to Miami.
Yeah….what a baseball manager thinks about Fidel Castro is important enough to suspend him for 5 games. The real reason Ozzie was suspended is about money, not about his comments, but about who in Miami likes his comments and who does not.
What Mr. Oswaldo José “Ozzie“ Guillén Barrios thinks of Fidel Castro has jack shit to do with being the manager of the Miami Marlins.