Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen Caught Again in Anti-gay Slur

Talking to a group of approximately 20 reporters before a game on Tuesday, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen let them know what he thought of Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti:

“What a piece of [deleted] he is, [deleted] fag.”

Guillen_1Guillen and the Sox are apparently in an ongoing feud with the columnist. But Guillen’s homophobic transgression is not his first. Last August, talking to another pool of reporters, he introduced a friend of his by saying, “‘Hey, everybody, this guy’s a homosexual! He’s a child molester!'”

Sun-Times reporter Greg Couch has now called for Ozzie’s suspension.

Guillen, who was recently sworn in as a U.S. citizen, had this to say to Couch regarding his anti-gay slurs:

“‘I don’t have anything against those people. In my country, you call someone something like that and it is not the same as it is in this country.’ Guillen said that in Venezuela, that word is not a reference to a person’s sexuality, but to his courage. He said he was saying that Mariotti is ‘not man enough to meet me and talk about [things before writing].’ He also said that he has gay friends, goes to WNBA games, went to the Madonna concert and plans to attend the Gay Games in Chicago. ‘I called that of this man [Mariotti],’ he said. ‘I’m not trying to hurt anybody [else].’

So, if I might fill in the blanks, Guillen is saying that those he calls “piece of shit…fucking fags” have a “lack of courage” and are “not man enough.” Based on his earlier comments, he also equates homosexuals with child molesters. But according to Guillen, he means no harm towards gays in general.

What Guillen needs to be made to realize is that as a public figure, his words and actions go far beyond the personal. As a manager of World Series champions, he is a role model.

Guillen should remember what happened to Cincinnatti Reds owner Marge Schott who was fined $25,000 and banned from operations of the Reds for nearly a year. Schott called former Reds Eric Davis and Dave Parker “million-dollar niggers.” She also said she didn’t want her players to wear earrings because “only fruits wear earrings.” And this priceless gem: “Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far.”

When will pro sports leagues begin holding their employees and athletes as responsible for homophobic comments as they do for racist and sexist slurs?

Scott Reifert, the Sox’ vice president of communications, told Greg Couch: “Obviously, from an organizational perspective, I don’t think in that case that Ozzie was trying to disparage a group. That said, it certainly is a poor word choice. It’s insensitive. It’s not something we would condone, not something the White Sox would stand for. To anybody who was insulted or hurt by that comment, as an organization, we’ll certainly apologize.”

Bravo to Couch for calling Guillen out on this. I agree, it’s time for more than apologies.

Guillen crosses line with latest slur [sun-times]
(thanks tyler)

Reporter: Ozzie Watch Your Tongue! [tr]
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  1. LiamOg says

    I hate qualified non-apologies like “To anybody who was insulted or hurt by that comment, as an organization, we’ll certainly apologize.” What jackasses.

  2. M says

    “In my country, you call someone something like that and it is not the same as it is in this country.”

    I have heard this alot lately… in my country blah blah blah. What an idiot.

  3. Derrick from PHilly says

    Condemning Homosexuals with child molesters.

    I know only one openly gay man who is interested in really young men (around 16 to 18 years old). Some closeted homos who make anti-gay remarks may like boys. Openly gay men have no interest in little boys, we like big boys, even stupid immigrant jocks who say stupid things, and blame the backwardness of their home countries for their lack of class (they can be sexually useful, I mean). And I’m so pro-Latino that I sometimes forget they can be just a stupid as North American men. Well, it’s back to Arabs as my fantasy men…oh no, they kill gay people. Oh, well, maybe Pacific Islanders–they’re cute and beefy, but the Christian missionaries probably fucked their minds up too. Oh, dear, who’s left, why Vin Diesel, of course.

  4. xavier says

    The whole ‘…in my culture’ thing is ludicrous. In Latin America calling a man a fag is alnmost worse than tarnishing his mum’s reputation. With even worse implications, because remember where ‘machismo’ comes from -not exactly an Anglo- Saxon word- Latin American men find pride in their being ‘men’. This man meant to insult and degrade the person he was mentioning. And he should apologize. Now.

  5. Bill Perdue says

    What exactly is a pig bigot? It’s someone who, like Ozzie Guillen,
    says of critical reporters “What a piece of shit he is, fucking fag.Hey, everybody, this guy’s a homosexual! He’s a child molester.”

    Keep in mind that Gullien was not talking about priests, but just an ordinary, run of the mill reporter who
    dared to have opinions other than the ‘official’ White Sox line.

    A lot of people, including kids, follow baseball and it’s a crying shame they have to listen to bigots just to watch a ball game.
    Gullien ought to be fired.Then deported. Then fed to lions,
    because he’s such an exemplary little christian swine, and if Nero had just spent a little more on lions and tigers
    and a little less on booze we’d all be better off.

  6. tom says

    Saw the news conference of his “apology” this morning. What you don’t see in print or hear on the radio is the hand gesture he made as he said: I apologize to anyone who was “offended” by the word I used.

    Can’t wait for him to be fired.

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