"I love Fidel Castro...I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here." - Ozzie Guillen, Miami Marlins Manager, Time Magazine
Guillen's comments, while certainly correct in some respects, were also incredibly offensive to a lot of his neighbors in his new hometown of Miami, Florida. They also provide a wonderful reminder of the truism that, while the First Amendment protects the free speech rights of Americans, it does not provide any shield to the consequences of that speech.
This is a simple concept, but one which doesn't always seem to get captured by the refrains of 'it's a free country' which seem to ring out any time anything like Ozzie's comments make the news. Therefore, while I will hold back judgment on the comments themselves or the overall intelligence of antagonizing a large part of the fan base of a team you just started managing, I would like to thank Ozzie for providing this reminder.
The bottom line is that Ozzie had the right to make these comments, and the Marlins organization had the freedom to suspend him, which it did. After all, speech, while free, is not free of consequences.