Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Ozzie Guillen's Suspension
I know this is very old news, but I am just getting around to it now. The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after some controversial remarks made in an interview with Time magazine. Guillen somehow got on the topic of Fidel Castro, and said that he loved him and was impressed that he stayed in power for so long. People were incredibly outraged and some called for him to be fired. The team decided it was best to suspend him for a few games.
Guillen apologized to everyone, including the fans, players, management and owners, and the rest of the public. I do not fully understand why he was punished. Yes, USA is very anti-communist and have always hated Castro since he took over Cuba in the late 50's, but is it really relevant now? There is something called freedom of speech, and what Guillen said does not seem like it crossed the line. Miami has a large Latino population, so many probably agreed with him. Tis should not have been a big deal and was blown way out of proportion.