Thoughts About Ozzie Guillen And Free Speech

By: Pat Caputo

Freedom of speech is a right of every citizen in this country. What’s often dismissed about it is the freedom others similarly have to react with their own thoughts to what somebody has said.

Ozzie Guillen made his own bed. His statement that he “loves” Fidel Castro, especially given he is the manager of the Marlins, in a city, Miami, so many people have gone to escape the oppression of Castro’s Cuba, is deplorable.

When I heard the statement, I thought of Alex Sanchez, the former Tigers outfielder, and talking to him about his three days at sea during which he feared dying at 18 in open water on a makeshift raft trying to get this country from Cuba. Sanchez spent 16 months in a detention camp after being rescued by the Coast Guard, before he was allowed his freedom here.

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