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Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games

Apr 10, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

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The Miami Marlins just announced that Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games, effective immediately.  This came about 20 minutes before his press conference began. A statement accompanied the suspension. After announcing it, it reads:

“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen. The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.

One gets the sense that this is a preliminary penalty. Designed to try to head off the situation before it gets out of hand.  If it settles people down, that’ll be it. If not, more discipline, I suspect. Or termination.

Either way, the statement is a good one, I believe. And, given that this is primarily a local issue, it is probably better that the Marlins are doing this than MLB, eve if I think all of this response is disproportionate in light of both the nature of Guillen’s comments and the fact that he has already issued what I think was a sincere apology.

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  1. fnc111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    cjh88 is obviously a liberal. Thomas didn’t tastelessly offend a minority group he just didn’t show up because he doesn’t believe in the Obama agenda. You people do realize the Marlins did this because Ozzie basically spit in the face of the people who are filling the seats in a ballpark located in Little Havana, Florida. You guys talk about a lack of freedom of speech yet sound clueless about the other side. The Cubans living in Miami have every right to not show up to the ballpark now after being offended, thus costing the ownership tons if money because of Guillen’s big mouth. Works both ways. The marlins are just trying to put out the fire in this PR nightmare.

    • daisycutter1 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Hey, I’m a screaming, raging liberal…and I totally agree with you on the business part of the equation.

      This is a business decision by the Marlins, pure and simple. If a substantial portion of the potential ticket base is angry and willing to boycott games, as a business with a shiny new, taxpayer-funded stadium (which I’ve already been to and enjoyed very much), not to mention the Feds breathing down your neck over said funding, you try to make things sail as smoothly as possible. If that means suspending Ozzie for 5 games, so be it.

      As Hyman Roth said “this is the business we’ve chosen”. He also said “I loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919.”, but I digress.

    • papito1421 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      They weren’t showing before the comments, what makes you think that is somewhat different now? But hey, how are you going to piss the tyrants in exile? Remember… they built this city, so we owe them blind loyalty… NOT!

  2. deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Welcome to New Havana, where the government can put pressure on private businesses to punish people for having opinions.

  3. smackingfools - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    What happened to freedom of speech?? Oh I almost forgot, this is America.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Apparently in FL, you can call for the death of a man who was involved in a fatal shooting of a teenager, but can’t have any other opinions.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      What happened to understanding our laws? Learn about the first amendment, then stop saying this shit.

    • papito1421 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      No, this is Miami, whether you’re against Castro or you are the enemy. Sponsored by the very same that rant in here, but then take any oportunity to go to the island and spend their dollars there. There is no freedom of speech here, only when you rant against the regime. You cannot bring a Cuban singer because the ‘regime’ in Miami will boycot the presentations of that artist. You want to be in America (the US of A)? You will have to move from the tri-county area. South Florida is just a Latin American soap opera.

  4. xpensivewinos - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland are thrilled out of their minds right now that someone in Miami is actually despised more than them for five minutes.

  5. teedraper - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Why are the people who fled Castro’s regime for the freedom of America chiding a man over his freedom of speech?

    • papito1421 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Because freedom for them is irrelevant. It’s just their point of view. Whatever the rest of society may think is not important. That’s why they’re pariahs. They don’t want them over here, they don’t want them over there either.

  6. fnc111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Some in here should do a history check. There are relatives going to these games of people that were lined up and shot dead in firing squads down there all directed by a brutal dictator Castro. Enjoy Ozzie and don’t do a thing then ownership doesn’t make any money. It’s funny how some don’t see that in here that this is about the Marlins making $$$$$$$$$$.

  7. stevem7 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    In 60 plus years of following baseball this is, bar none, the dumbest suspension that has ever been handed out. It goes to show that as a society we have become too politically correct.

  8. fnc111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    teedraper , maybe because they have freedom to voice their opinions as well. Wow some are so clueless in here. Ozzie isn’t going to jail, nothing is happening to him, his team decided to do something minor to him to make the majority of the fan base settle down. Freedom of speech is still intact. A five game suspension in baseball is like missing two plays of an entire football season.

  9. momeld - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    He said something that very well likely will affect the business of the Miami Marlins. They have a right to suspend, fire, whatever they want.

    • papito1421 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Come on… the Marlins (along with the county) robbed the taxpayers for the construction of the stadium and you say this will affect business? They will find a way to shove us with something new. Maybe next time the Marlins play in the stadium they could play the Cuban anthem. Since they think they own the team… Am I going to need my passport to go to the stadium?

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        No, you’re just going to need incredible luck to find a parking spot.

        For the first couple of weeks, anyway.

        Hint: Walgreens.

  10. tominma - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    This suspension is an example of right wing PC. While Guillen has a perfect right to express his political speech, I think this was just another of Guillen’s widecraks that was intended as a joke. No harm done but the right seems to make an issue of something they dont like!! Recind the suspension!

  11. psousa1 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Because this piece of crap believes he can say whatever he feels and the media will simply say “oh that’s just Ozzie!” He thinks the two most important words in Baseball are ‘Ozzie Guillen’. He only wants to hear himself talk.

  12. shwoogy1 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    welcome to Ozzieland dumbass Marlins. That’s what you get for hiring the biggest deuche in the MLB.

  13. seniorchief8 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Thirty yrs serving in the Navy. Spent long ours with sailors of all races. Point 1. What has Coach done that has offended the American people?–What happened to Coach Guillen’s right to free speech—( I smell Supreme court. Where is USJD? All this old sailor can add is Castro may be a good guy or the devil. Oh dumb ole me, Castro doesn’t believe in Christianity–Nuff said

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks for serving. Now spend more time reading the first amendment. Everything after your Point 1 comment is wrong.

  14. iowahbr - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I’m not a great lover of Castro but the last 6 US Presidents have done more for Castro by keeping US contact with the Cuban people and free trade with Cuba to a minimum than Ozzie could do in his whole lifetime. We have better relations with Vietnam now than with Cuba and we lost 55,000 US solders there in Vietnam just a few years ago.

    Has anyone who is blogging here with so much hatred for Ozzie read the 1st amendment to the US Constitution lately? Free speech means little if you want to commercially punish its exercise and I can’t believe Ozzie’s contract has any clauses about unpopular political statements that are not defamatory.

    Bud Selig should keep his fat overpaid mouth shut as I find that for more offensive. If he had spent a fifth of that energy on steroid abuse we would not have so many asterisks in baseball today.

    • schrutebeetfarms - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Actually I would imagine that Ozzie like anyone else has a clause in his contract for “Conduct detrimental to the team.” This would probably qualify.

      I don’t agree with it but that’s most likely the reasoning.

  15. tipstopten - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    What happened to freedom of speech.

  16. schrutebeetfarms - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I have to say, I understand the Marlins choosing to suspend him, it’s a business decision.

    What I find ironic are the Cuban-Americans who are calling for Ozzie to be fired. I mean, they chose to come to America so they could have things like freedom of speech I assume. Firing someone for their personal beliefs seems like something that would happen in……I dunno….Cuba?

  17. lcdcac - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Damn I’m reading lots of racists comments here. What Ozzie said wasn’t horrible. But when you take into account the timing and where the new Ballpark is located it amplifies the comments.

    If a manager in New York said the same thing about Hitler and the Jewish community got upset would that be ok?

    I understand that Castro/Hitler are different attrocities in themselves but nontheless ruthless in their rule.

    Many of you do not understand what Freedom of Speech actually means. You see in countries with dictatorships and tyrants you may be assasinated or imprissoned for speaking out. In the United States you may say what you want but it is also the right for others to disagree and voice their freedom of speech as well.

    Just my opinion of the whole situation.

  18. moshulu - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    ” Miami Marlins manger Ozzie Guillen was suspended 5 games for telling a magazine he loves Fidel Castro.”


    And many white Americans say they hate President Obama, he’s stupid, and he lies. So who will suspend, or fire them?

  19. phillyfanmatt - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Just so everyone knows. He was not suspended by MLB for this. He was suspended by his employers The Miami Marlins. So those complaining about MLB suspending him read up on this again. His team suspended not the big bad MLB or Bud Selig.

  20. phillyfanmatt - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Also the first amendment of the Constitution states that:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
    There for the freedom of speech everyone is talking about does not apply. Because it is not Congress making a law here it is his employer levying a punishment on him. Say something at your job that your employers feel is detrimental to your organization and see if you don’t get suspended, fired or a written disciplinary action taken against you.

  21. schoolofhardknocks7 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I think the world is pure ridiculus! Guillen, Has a mouth on him but you have to take in account what his life has been.Oh yes, he was loved when the Chisox won the world series. Now for Castro, he has allowed 2 Popes to visit. This still doesn’t excuse Cuba over Human Rights. The US has a military presense in Cuba. Castro has not pulled A Nazi on people. Everybody is so concerned about what the money says. Doesn’t truth Have a place in our world! There are limits to what people can say or write such as slander as one conservative radio host did , and liable which if proven can go to court. Now for the hoodie thing first that young man should not have been bothered so if someone who robs a bank or gas station is wearing a hoodie, what should we do assume the hoodie doesn’t exist. The martiens pulled off 911, if you believe that, perhaps you should move where there’s a Murial of your favorite dictator on the side of buildings whereever you go. I think the best thing we can do is think and not speak, just think how your signifigant other will feel if you never have anything to say. I’m so sick and tired of this person said this and this person said that. Can’t you journalist’s find something better to report on, like your personal lives.

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