Ozzie Guillen mentioning he respects Fidel Castro? Stupid.
Guillen saying something inflammatory? Not surprising.
The number of people claiming politics and sports don't mix? See above.
Sports and politics mix all the time. The only time most people notice it is when sports mix with politics they don't agree with.
There are, of course, the obvious examples: Jackie Robinson "breaking" the color barrier in Major League baseball, Tommie Smith and John Carlos offering the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, the US hockey team defeating the Soviet team at Lake Placid as a symbol of Cold War dominance, and Ozzie Guillen admiring Fidel Castro in Miami..., etc., etc.
But every professional sporting event in the USA begins with the national anthem, placing it under the aegis of nationalist politics. Issues of race, immigration, social class, and corporate authority are ever-present features of professional sports the world over. Sports, like other high profile spectacles, reflect the political tensions of their cultures. Not surprising.
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