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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Foul territory

This is not what democracy looks like.

Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen may have been politically foolish or just downright stupid to profess his love for Fidel Castro, but the team's decision to suspend him without pay for five games is a penalty that Fidel is probably chortling over.

After all, the retired Cuban leader has never been overly fond of people speaking their minds without fear of retribution.

The Marlins knew what they were getting when they hired the loquacious Venezuelan as manager for a retooled team in a new stadium located in Little Havana.

Guillen's decision to speak before his brain kicked in was and is a PR nightmare. But management's decision to banish him from the dugout over a poor choice of words is different in style if not substance from dictators who lock up those whose language offends them.

We all know professional sports are big businesses with images to protect. But gagging people for speaking their minds is not the best way to go about protecting that image.

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