This is the perfect example of “be careful what you say to reporters”. In today’s world of politically correctness, even if you live in America “The Land of The Free”, some topics are still taboo. And Ozzie Guillen learned this quickly, when his recent remarks got him suspended for five games, effective immediately.
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen caused and uproar and protests in for telling Time Magazine reporter, “I respect Fidel Castro for being able to lead Cuba for six decades”. While the Cuban dictator is hated by many around the world, should Ozzie be punished for speaking his mind?
What’s surprising is this statement had nothing to do with baseball, but clearly caused a problem at his job. It appears nothing you say at work or home is sacred anymore. While we were once a country where we prided ourselves with “freedom of speech”, this is now not the case.
Post something on Facebook, Tweet the wrong thing, say one thing out of line on a network….and you are out! There is nothing you can say at this point that is not scrutinized, so its best to just shut your mouth. Whether you agree with his statement or not, isn’t this still a country that believes in free speech?
Will we all soon become robots saying only the “right thing”, and not what we truly believe? Isn’t that how they do things in North Korea? Are we headed in that direction? Is the First Amendment out the window…let’s hope not.
Oh wait, maybe I need not ask that question either…probably should just keep that to myself as well. On the other hand, I don’t have a boss who can fire me at this point, so all bets are off.
What do you think?