Manger’s poor choice of words on Castro bad but not wrong

Manger’s poor choice of words on Castro bad but not wrong

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Last week Ozzie Guillen, manger of the Miami Marlins, went under public scrutiny when Time magazine published an interview on its website in which the Marlins manger said he “loved” Castro. “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.”
This statement prompted MLB commissioner Bud Selig to suspend Guillen for five games saying, “Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities… Mr. Guillen’s remarks have no place in our game.”
Since Guillen coaches a team with a pricey new ballpark in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, densely populated by Cuban-Americans who fervently dislike Fidel Castro, Guillen’s statements were seen as “insensitive”. This brings up the question of would his comments have made such a big uproar if Guillen were coaching in other city besides Miami?
The answer to that question is no. I mean come on do you actually think that if Guillen was still coaching in Chicago and he said these comments he would still have  under gone as much scrutiny? I mean yes it would have made the news for one day and then people would have just forgotten about it and moved on.
However, since Guillen said his comments while he was the manger of the Miami Marlins, in a heavily Cuban-based community, he is still in the news and causing a stir.
Was it stupid for him to say what he said? Yes. Should he have apologized? Yes and he did. Should the MLB have suspended him? No, and I say that because of one thing, and that is freedom of speech. I admit what Guillen said was careless and very insensitive to the Cuban community, but that doesn’t merit the point of the suspension because he has the right to say what he wants about subject or topic.
For all the people who think that Guillen is a horrible man for what he said and that he should be fired, that’s your opinion and you have the right to say that, just like Guillen has the right to say what he wants. To the other people in the world who are tired of hearing all of Guillen comments, then I say this to you. If you don’t like what Ozzie Guillen has to say, don’t listen to him.