Juliette Kayyem on Ozzie Guillen’s comments on Fidel Castro

Ozzie Guillen: Why This Controversy, Now?
The Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Ozzie Guillen’s comments on Fidel Castro

“MIAMI MARLINS manager Ozzie Guillen’s five-game suspension for claiming his ‘love’ for Cuban leader Fidel Castro shows nothing more than that sports justice is a strange and deeply disconcerting form of jurisprudence. Apparently, you can hurl an anti-gay slur against a newspaper columnist, as Guillen did in 2006, but praising Castro is just plain unforgivable.

In fact, Guillen is an all-purpose offender. He snubbed a US president by refusing to go to a post–World Series White House celebration. He praised the president of his native country of Venezuela, the American-bashing Hugo Chavez. He has even taken on Arizona’s anti-immigration stances by praising illegal immigrants’ work ethic compared to that of ‘lazy’ Americans.”

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