Miami Marlins’ skipper, Ozzie Guillen, is a person that can easily be misinterpreted due to his jovial manner. He can also be misinterpreted because half the time no one knows what he is saying. But according to a recent interview he gave to Time Magazine, Ozzie Guillen stated that he admired the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro.
Yea, that Fidel Castro, who has been one of the worst dictators in the past 100 years. According to the quote, Guillen admires Castro because he has been in power for over 50 years. Now, why am I not surprised in the slightest that Ozzie Guillen admires a ruthless dictator? Oh ya, now I remember, because Ozzie is friggin’ crazy – that’s why.
Obviously, these quotes haven’t set well with the predominately based Cuban community that lives in Miami. The Marlins tried to fan the flames by issuing a statement – without Guillen’s consent – stating how horrible Castro is. This is the statement released by the Miami Marlins:
“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.”
After Guillen realized he’s a moron, he had a closed door meeting with the team’s writers before the Marlins’ victory over the Reds on Saturday evening. Guillen had this to say:
“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.”
Guillen has never been shy about speaking his mind in general, but he also has spoken his mind concerning political issues. Guillen, the Venezuelan native, has publicly criticized his country’s dictator, Hugo Chavez. So much so, that he was quoted saying that the Venezuelan people get what they deserve:
: “It’s not my fault Chavez is the president. I didn’t put him there. … We got what we deserved.”
Who knows what Guillen actually said or thinks. When it comes down to it, should we even care what this man has to say about anything? It’s like if we all of sudden took Jose Canseco seriously.
H/T Chicago Tribune.