America’s laws protecting free speech may beat the heck out of Cuba’s, but only to a point.
Outspoken Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games and Major League Baseball is investigating after positive comments he made about Fidel Castro created a firestorm.
Guillen said in a recent Time.com interview that he loved and respected the Cuban leader—in part for staying alive when so many wanted him dead. He has since apologized for the statements, but the Marlins Manager’s words angered many in the large Cuban American communities in South Florida and there have been calls for his resignation.
The controversy comes at a tough time for the team, which is trying to re-establish itself and just moved into a new taxpayer-funded stadium that got much of its funding from Miami’s Little Havana. Guillen’s future with the Marlins seems intact for now, but he should be careful. Every manager knows the phrase “you’re outta here!”