Ozzie Guillen Can Still Talk Politics [NoeBrainer]
Ozzie Guillen won't stick his foot in his mouth again by talking politics anymore? Ozzie can talk politics as long as he doesn't put his employer in the line of fire.
Ozzie Guillen has been in hot water with the Miami Marlins because of statements he made in Time magazine about Fidel Castro. Ozzie Guillen mentioned that he admired Fidel Castro. This didn't rub the Cuban population in Miami the right way to say the least. It has been a hot-button topic ever since. The Miami Marlins decided to suspend Guillen for five games.
The topic has been dominating the airwaves on sports talk radio. I've talked about this story on "The Noe Show" quite a bit. My stance is that there is a difference between freedom of speech and freedom of consequence. You can say whatever you'd like, but that doesn't mean that there won't be consequences based on what you say.
My other view is that Ozzie Guillen can still talk politics as long as he doesn't put his employer in a bad position. I heard ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kirkjian on Mike & Mike this morning (Thursday) talking about Ozzie Guillen (below). He was suggesting that Ozzie will not talk about subjects outside of baseball anymore. There are plenty of political opinions that Ozzie can express without putting the Miami Marlins in a bad position. Guillen just needs to be smarter, he doesn't need to be silent.
Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.