Ozzie Guillen To Apologize
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is scheduled to speak during a press conference in Miami during the Marlins off day where he will apologize for comments he made regarding Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.
Guillen told Time Magazine he respects Castro for staying in power so long.
“I want to get the thing over with. I told the Marlins I want to fly [back] as soon as I can, and tomorrow’s a day off,” Guillen said. “I don’t want to in Philadelphia. I want to be in Miami and clear everything up.”
Now if you read what he said it does not say he supports the way Castro treated Cubans. This is where people are making a big deal out of Ozzie just being Ozzie.
Alexei Ramirez who played for Guillen is Chicago for 4 seasons and is a native of Cuba commented on Guillen apologizing.
“I think apologizing is a good first step,” Ramirez said through a team translator. “I feel everyone has their opinion, but I also feel people should be forgiven. Hopefully it will be accepted.”
I don’t think for a minute that Ozzie meant to offend the people living in this country that are from Cuba. He said he felt sick and hasnt slept for 3 days since reading his comments. So stop making him out to be a horrible human being.
“Like I said, I feel sad and a couple days, I feel sick to my stomach, not because of what I did. Just because I know I hurt a lot of people.”
“The saddest part of this was to apologize to [the Marlins’ Spanish-language broadcasters] Felo Ramirez and Yiki [Quintana]. That was hard. And I did it, face to face. I just talked to [pitcher Jose] Contreras a couple of minutes ago. And Jose was laughing, kinda like, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ But every Cuban-born and Cuban-born family that I know — they know who I am.”
The bottom line is that in the United States of America there is something called Free Speech. It doesn’t matter that there are Cuban-Americans who may be offended by these comments. Ozzie has the right to speak freely. If we decide to limit what a person then what do we do when millions of people speak against our president Barack Obama? That’s something that happens everyday and its swept under the rug like it does not matter. How is this any different. Because there’s Cubans in Miami? Give me a freaking break. A few offended people does not change what the constitution says.