Ozzie Guillen loves Fidel Castro, and later apologizes

Breaking news: Ozzie Guillen sticks his foot in his mouth again

4/9/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

The season just started, and legendary loudmouth Ozzie Guillen already has Miami fans riled up with one of his most asinine comments ever.

The following quote comes from a Time magazine feature on Guillen:

"I love Fidel 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 [SOB] is still there."

Needless to say, this statement didn't go over too well in Miami, home of countless Cuban-Americans who managed to escape from Castro's tyrannical dictatorship. Some of them have lost family members, others endured extreme hardship over the years thanks to Castro's regime.

Guillen has since backpedaled from these comments, saying that he'll apologize to fans who were offended by it.

"I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought. I want them to know I’m against everything 100 percent — I repeat it again — the way this man (been) treating people for the last 60 years. The reason I say I admire him is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet. That was personal, not politics. If you don’t read the article, it sounds ugly. The first time I read it I was like, ‘Wow, that’s going to get me in trouble.’ I understand that. I’m not hiding from anybody, especially people in Miami."

The Marlins also released this statement:

"There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro. He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today."

It's not the first time Ozzie has gotten into hot water over politically charged comments. After the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, he went on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez' radio show, and later tried to justify it with this quote:
 
"Not too many people like the president. I do. My mom will kill me, but it’s an honor to talk to the president."

If he were talking about current American president Barack Obama, it wouldn't be a big deal. Obama is a White Sox fan, and would have loved to welcome the White Sox to the White House, if they were to win the World Series during his presidency.

Hugo Chavez, on the other hand, is despised among Venezuelan-Americans. At the World Baseball Classic in Miami, Venezuelan fans attending games for the Venezuelan team chanted "Endy si, Chavez no!" in support of Venezuelan third baseman Endy Chavez, but in protest of Hugo.

At some point, Guillen might want to just keep his mouth shut, instead of commenting on various brutal dictators. But he's Ozzie Guillen, so don't count on it.
 
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4/12/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Freedom of speech is one thing, but saying this in Miami, well, thats another.  He can say it in Chicago (even though thats pretty sensitive there too), but in MIami, you have to respect the people who are locally supporting your team.  Also, he acts like he was a great MLB player.  Come on.  He sucked

4/10/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

No, Ozzie pretty much keeps at least his toes in his mouth all the time. This time he put it in knee deep.

4/10/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Doesn't seem to be a big deal to me.... I heard on the radio on the drive in this morning that Ozzie said the same thing in 2008 but added that he didn't agree with Castro's politics.

People these days need to get their heads out of their a$$es and grow a f**king sense of humor!!!  Whatever happened to the 1st Amendment?

4/9/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19815 respect

this guy is a complete AHOLE.....people keep putting a microphone in his face.......he babbles on and on.....people laugh at this crap......and they do it day after day.....LEAVE THE IDIOT ALONE............HES A JOKE..........

4/9/12   |   smithbruce94   |   273 respect

What's new? now he is in  Miami now they  can call  him the mouth of the south