Free Speech vs “Free” Speech

This is pretty much over already, so I hesitate to even post it.

Most of this was a comment that I wrote over on Being Latino in response to that whole Ozzie Guillen saying that he loves Fidel Castro thing. My point was basically this:

As a private person, Guillen can say whatever he wants about anything he wants. As a representative of the Marlins, he needs to toe the party line and only say what the Marlins approve of him saying.

That’s pretty much the difference between free speech and “free” speech.

So yeah, I’m glad he got suspended. Apparently, he’s a good enough manager that they didn’t see the need to fire him for insulting their sacred cow.

Bottom line, if he can’t abide by the rules of his employer when he’s representing his employer, he’s welcome to seek employment elsewhere.

Maybe Castro is hiring people in Cuba? I bet, that working for Castro, would be a dream job for Guillen. I hear they have a good baseball team, they just don’t actually have any baseballs, or shoes, or equipment, or food among other things.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.

2 thoughts on “Free Speech vs “Free” Speech

  • April 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I tend to think that Ozzie’s big mouth, along with his managerial record, helped keep him in Miami.

    Now that people in the organization got a glimpse of the “Foot in Mouth Disease” Guillen suffers from, I wonder what will happen the next time Guillen says something controversial?

    It’s not a matter of if, but when that happens.

  • April 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm


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