In early April 2012 Ozzie Guillen Miami Marlins manager said, “I love Fidel Castro…I respect Fidel Castro.” Guillen possibly chose the worst place to say such a thing. Miami is no more then 90 miles from Cuba where Castro so infamously made his communist reform. So many Miamians have felt the wrath of Castro they were enraged. Many people joined in a protest saying that he should be fired immediately. Others say that the 5-game suspension that he suffered was not fair. Should a player or manager be suspended just because of political views? This was beyond sports though.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13th, 1926 in Biran, Cuba. A Cuban politician and revolutionary Castro was the First Secretary of the Communist party of Cuba since its foundation in 1961-2011. He was the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959-1976. At which point he became the President of Cuba until 2008. After he rose the power Cuba became a one party socialist state.
Guillen was born on January, 20, 1964 in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela. He made his major league debut April 9th 1985 for the Chicago White Sox. He was a quick, hardworking, passionate player. He was a .264 career hitter with over 1,750 hits and 619 RBIS. He ended his career in 2000 with Tampa Bay. The very next year he began his more successful coaching career with the Montreal Expos. He was on the coaching staff of the world champion Florida Marlins in 2003. In 2004 he was hired as manager of the Chicago White Sox to replace Jerry Manuel. The next year he was able to win the World Series for them. In 2012 he began coaching the Miami Marlins.
Guillen has since apologized and has seemingly been forgiven. Many people are asking though should sports players or entertainers in general make there political positions so clear. This will always follow Guillen and some will never forgive him. Just as many people will never forgive Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick. Was what Guillen said opinion and completely O.K. or is what he said over the top and immoral? Was his suspension too lenient or too harsh?