Being Latino Deportes
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.
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…