A sincere and contrite Ozzie Guillen expressed deep regret and apologized yesterday for offending Cuban Americans with his comments about Fidel Castro. The Marlins manager promised to learn from his mistakes and never address the subject of politics again. Should we believe him?
I believe he is sorry for how his comments were received. As a proud Latino man I know he has a great deal of respect and sympathy for the struggles associated with all Latino people. It's not in his nature to admit he was wrong or exhibit remorse for making brash and controversial statements. The fact he admitted his mistake and owned up to it speaks volumes.
I don't believe this is the last time Ozzie Guillen will get into trouble for saying something inappropriate however. Ozzie Guillen is an open book that says whatever is on his mind regardless of the consequences. He's a sound bite waiting to happen and a reporter's dream. The characteristics that make him a good manager and people person are the same characteristics that make him a polarizing figure. Rest assured we'll hear more outlandish statements from Ozzie again.
I don't want to see the Marlins manager get into trouble like this again so here's a list of names he should NEVER mention in conversation:
1. Adolph Hitler
2. Yasser Arafat
3. Minister Louis Farrakhan
4. Muammar Gaddafi
5. Joseph Kony
If he speaks on any of these men it will be a death sentence for him. Hopefully he's learned his lesson, but I have my doubts. Stick to baseball Ozzie. It's what you know best.