07 April 2012
One of the things that people love about Ozzie Guillen is that he has no filter and just says what is on his mind, unfortunately that is also the reason why he continues to find himself in trouble with the media. His latest firestorm comes not even played three games in the 2012 season. a Guillen was quoted in a article in Time Magazine saying “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.” Considering that he Guillen now not only coaches a team in Miami, but the stadium that is team plays at is in the heart of the Miami Cuban community these comments were not the smartest thing to say.
Today Guillen has come out and apologized for his comments, saying that he does not support Castro and is against the way Castro thinks, treats his people, and his country. He also apologized for the quote saying, “From the bottom of my heart they (they should) believe me. If they are disappointed and they are upset with what I say I don’t blame them but I’m with them. I live in Miami for 12 years, I know exactly what this man means to the town."
Guillen understands his mistake and said after reading the article he got little sleep over it. “If you read the article it sounds ugly because the first time I read it I was, ‘wow, that’s going to get me in trouble,’’’ Guillen said. “I understand that and I’m not hiding from anybody, especially the people in Miami."
I think I understand were Guillen was coming from when he made the quote. Guillen is a manager that in his time in Chicago was constantly under fire and people were constantly calling for him to be fired. Guillen trying to make the comparison that like Fidel, many people have gone after him but he just continues on as though nothing has happened. So, while I understand the comments, Guillen at some point is going to need to learn to watch what he says. Even in his apology he may have put his foot in his mouth a bit when he said “I said I respect this man because. … I respect Obama, I respect Chavez because I always respect people,” he said. “Meanwhile I disagree 100 percent what this is doing to the country.” Guillen, a native Venezuelan, has been accused by many in the Hispanic community even as late as last October as being a Chavenist, one who supports Hugo Chavez, and invoking Chavez name in this apology will not do him much favor in those circles.
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