Saturday, June 24, 2006
White Sox brass not amused by Guillen's antics
ESPN.com news services
This has not been a good week for Ozzie Guillen.
In the past three days, the White Sox manager has been fined, suspended and, most recently, made headlines for his apparent refusal to attend sensitivity training, as ordered to by commissioner Bud Selig for his use of a derogatory term aimed at a newspaper columnist.
If Guillen doesn't start exercising more restraint, general manager Ken Williams intimated that Guillen's antics could also cost Guillen his job.
"The simple fact is we have seen this movie before," Williams told ESPN in his first public remarks on the situation. "If it continues on, the likelihood [increases] that
maybe one day I'll have to walk into the office and deliver some bad news and announce a new manager. That's just the reality of the situation."
On Thursday, Guillen was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount of money for pitcher David Riske throwing intentionally at St. Louis' Chris Duncan.
Also Thursday, Guillen was fined an undisclosed amount of money and ordered to undergo sensitivity training for a profanity-laced tirade against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti in which Guillen called Mariotti a number of names, including a derogatory term that is often used to describe someone's sexual orientation.
On Friday, Guillen ruffled more feathers when he said he did not actually expect to attend the sensitivity training class.
"I don't think I'll be going, I don't think that'll happen," Guillen told ESPNdeportes.com in an interview at U.S. Cellular Field. The interview was conducted in Spanish.
"I think the commissioner ordered that in order to calm things down, but, obviously, to attend one of those, I'll have to take English lessons first," he added. "I'll do what I have to do, at least when I have time, but I don't think I'll take those sensitivity lessons."
A few minutes after leaving the interview room, Guillen said through a team spokesman that he would undergo the training.
"We are trying to get him to understand that if he puts himself in that position it will be to me one of the most unfortunate sports happenings in a long time," Williams said. "We need people like Ozzie Guillen out there to kind of give a little bit of color and a little bit of flavor to the game."