Originally written on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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That’s about the politest way to put it. In 2006, while manager of the Chicago White Sox, Guillen employed an anti-gay slur in reference to then Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Jay Mariotti. Grant it, there are a lot of reasons to have at it with Jay Mariotti. Nonetheless, when you represent a brand, this isn’t an option. Guillen promptly issued an apology to the gay community and was ordered by Major League Baseball to take sensitivity training. Remember when Guillen trumpeted his penchant for getting drunk after away games? How about while criticizing harsh measures to crack down on illegal immigrants, he suggested that immigrants were “workaholics” and that many Americans were “lazy”? We are all entitled to our opinions, still the last time I checked – Ozzie Guillen has never been a political pundit. He represented a brand and a very proud Chicago tradition, and even though he brought a World Series trophy to the city for the first time in decades, he represented it very badly. So,...
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