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Ozzie runs his mouth, Pele trashes Messi

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Good morning, sports fans!

Here’s another quick look into the wide world of Latino sports:

Ozzie gets sidelined for Castro comments
New Miami Marlins manager – and unfortunate motor mouth – Ozzie Guillen found himself in hot water this week over comments made in a recent TIME magazine interview. Guillen stated, “I love Fidel Castro” – admittedly not the best comment to be made publicly as a new manager in a predominantly Cuban-American city.

As a result, Ozzie was issued a five game suspension, leaving bench coach Joey Cora to manage the team through the series against the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros. Our own Hector Alamo, Jr. provides a full breakdown of the situation, but I’m sure Ozzie is going to be thinking twice before making comments in the future. Which is a shame, because this man can also be downright hilarious.


Photo: Jessenia Martinez

Pele trash talks Lionel Messi
Soccer legend and single name enthusiast Pele had a few choice words for rising Argentinean phenom Lionel Messi – namely that Barcelona’s star player doesn’t deserve all the attention that he does, let alone be considered one of the best players ever. Pele’s opinion certainly does carry some weight to it – he is Pele after all – but he is championing Brazilian striker Neymar as the ‘best player ever’.

This creates an interesting dynamic in the discussion, because Pele has also chosen a fellow Brazilian player to support – further fueling a Brazil/Argentina rivalry that extends back to his playing days against Diego Marradona. Messi was not reached for a comment, but did respond by scoring his 61st goal – becoming the first player to net over 60 goals in European league play since 1973.

Check in next week for even more sports action…

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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