Ozzie on Escobar: ‘No one is that stupid’

Ozzie Guillen isn’t saying Yunel Escobar was right to write a homophobic slur on his eye black before a Toronto Blue Jays game. He’s just saying it was a joke. And that he uses the word all the time. And that in his native Venezuela, this would be no big deal.

The Miami Marlins manager has a unique perspective on the Jays shortstop’s predicament. He used an English-language homophobic slur to describe a former Chicago Sun-Times columnist in 2006.

Now, the Palm Beach Post reports Guillen sympathizes with — but doesn’t condone — Escobar, a Cuba native who wrote a Spanish homophobic slur on his face for a game and was suspended for three games.

Here are some of the key quotes from Guillen:

  • “My situation was worse because I said it. I said it to a media member.”
  • “I know he didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings.”
  • “To be honest with you, in my house we say that word every 20 seconds. I got three kids. It’s HOW you say it.”
  • “Three games? I got six. Because I don’t have the players’ association.”

Ozzie Guillen Jr., the manager’s eldest son who takes after his father in his outspoken nature, defended his family after scrutiny over the comments.

“SB Nation and other media outlets our not gonna tell me whats correct and in correct in my house or in venezuela the way we talk sorry,” Guillen tweeted.

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