CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
discovered Monday that sensitivity training gave him some insights
on language and allowed him to do something he really enjoys --
"I'm glad I did it. I'm glad it's over with and a lot of people
will be real excited to hear that Ozzie finally got punished and
did what he was supposed to do," Guillen said after a two-hour
session with a certified counselor.
Guillen was fined and ordered by commissioner Bud Selig to
undergo sensitivity training last month after an obscenity-laden
tirade against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti in which he
used a derogatory term that describes someone's sexual orientation.
The team declined to name the counselor or in what field he
practices. But Guillen said before Monday's game against Baltimore
he did a lot of the talking, while also picking up some pointers on
the choice of words.
"There are so many different languages you can use when you are
going to talk to somebody. There are a lot of things you cannot say
about anybody, even when you want to say them," Guillen said.
"It was kind of cool. I thought it was just like, 'Oh my God,
I'll just go to sleep here and let this guy talk.' I did the
talking, most of the time. He asked me a lot of questions."
Guillen said he enjoyed the exchange and has another session
planned after he manages the American League team in the All-Star
game next week in Pittsburgh.
What did he learn?
"Be polite," Guillen said. "The thing I told the guy, I say I
don't need to be polite, I need to speak better English. I
understand the system better. A lot of people thought I was making
the excuse of not being from this country. No, I have 26 years here
and I know what every little word means to anybody, that's no
"The guy said, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't
say anything,'" Guillen added. "I say, 'If you have to say that
to somebody, don't tell me what then. I'm not going to say that.' I
will be the same guy, use a different word."