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Free Country?- baseball starvsuspended for admiring Castro's longevity

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posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 09:25 PM
Am I the only one that thinks this is heavy handed? Suspending someone from their job because of comments that aren't even against the company? This country is less free every day.

Ozzie Guillen Suspended By Marlins For Fidel Castro Comments MIAMI — A contrite Ozzie Guillen sat in the heart of Little Havana seeking forgiveness for what the Miami Marlins manager called the biggest mistake of his life – saying he admired Fidel Castro.

posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 09:42 PM
Maybe the Pope should be fired too. He has hour long chats with Fidel and even has the audacity to suggest that America finally end their Imperialist vendetta against Cuba and its people. What was the Pope thinking? It was only 1953 that the trouble started. Thats pretty much yesterday. Why wouldnt America do everything in its power to punish the people of Cuba ? If only the Bay Of Pigs had worked out a little better.

America sucks!

posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 10:06 PM
Well, he isn't really in hot water for admiring Fidel Castro, is he? No, he's in hot water because a majority of the Marlin's fanbase are Cuban-Americans who fled Castro's rule. Saying something like that in front of the fans, when you rely on their support to keep you making the big bucks, is plain stupidity.

I mean, come on, do you really think that if the short-stop for the Cleveland Indians said the same thing, that'd he be getting the same amount of trouble? Nooooo, because we don't have many Cubans up here.

posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:58 PM
reply to post by CB328

Am I the only one that thinks this is heavy handed? Suspending someone from their job because of comments that aren't even against the company? This country is less free every day.

A baseball team is privately owned, it has nothing to do with the country,freedom or rights. Kind of like how you can say more at an airport in front of TSA than you can on ATS. Public vs Private... The biggest threat to our freedoms is the ignorance of what our rights are.

posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 02:07 PM
Had he said this in Seattle I doubt he would have been suspended. Criticized, yes, and rightly so. But he said this in the worst possible place he could have and it's the sort of thing fans of that team were demanding (actually, I'm surprised he didn't lose his job). I'm not saying it's necessarily right, I'm a firm believer in free speech, but someone in a public position like that needs to be more politic about such things for their own sake. He is one of the most public faces for that team, perhaps the most public face (he's very famous, more so than most players). The only way for the team to placate the fanbase is to punish him for what he did. Ozzie Guillen is of course just about the most impolitic person in existence, he says stuff like this that gets him into hot water all the time, so it's also not at all surprising he came up with yet another one and did so in the worst possible place he could have.

A 5 game suspension is really a slap on the wrist, though. Baseball plays 162 games a year. It's not like the 50 game suspensions some have received for things like steroid use (and rightly so in those cases).
edit on 4/11/2012 by LifeInDeath because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 02:23 PM
Furthermore, Ozzie Guillen made his statement when the Cuban-American fans are especially incensed.

Following the recent visit to Cuba of Pope Benedict XVI, the Cuban population in Miami and Southern Florida have become especially angry at the news that the Cuban government has arrested 43 dissidents.

Almost all of the detainees are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba,” an opposition force led by former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer. He was arrested on Monday along with his wife Belkis Cantillo, at their home in Palmarito de Cauto, near Santiago.
Ferrer, who was among 75 dissidents arrested in a 2003 crackdown and released last year after a mediation effort by the Roman Catholic church, had his telephone line cut as well, according to activists.
According to a post at Uncommon Sense, Ferrer was an organizer of the Christian Liberation Movement‘s Varela Project when during the “black spring” crackdown of 2003, he was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison because of his opposition to the communist system. (His brother Luís was sentenced to 28 years, the longest prison term handed down during the crackdown.)
In prison, José Ferrer has also assumed the role of independent journalist, reporting on the abuses he has witnessed behind bars and the courage of other prisoners of conscience in continuing to oppose the Castro regime. He also hasn’t stopped denouncing the system that has imprisoned him.
It’s pretty dodgy of the Cuban government to release Ferrer late 2011, arrange for the Pope to visit Cuba in early 2012, and then arrest Ferrer and other government critics as soon as the Pope is on the plane back to Rome. source

Ozzie Guillen certainly has the right to say whatever he wants -- as a private citizen -- but while he wears the uniform of a specific team ..... a team with a fan base made up of Cuban Americans...... it would probably serve Ozzie well to, perhaps, read the papers or watch the news more.

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