The Chicago White Sox again were forced to deal with a Twitter-based controversy involving manager Ozzie Guillen. Two weeks ago team officials asked Guillen to tone down his posts on his Twitter account; now the Chicago Sun-TimesM reports that the team has ended its relationship with Guillen’s son Oney – who worked in the player development department – after a series of negative comments he made about team management.
It started when Oney Guillen, 24, ripped the food and service at The Market, a restaurant owned by White Sox General Manager (and frequent foe of his father) Kenny Williams. He said the restaurant had “hands down” the “worst food in the city.” This led the elder Guillen to ask his son to resign, but it didn’t stop Oney from continuing to make inflammatory posts talking about “3 geeks who never played baseball a day in there life” (sic), referring to Williams and other front-office staff.
Oney Guillen appeared on a Chicago sports talk show yesterday despite his father telling him not to, leading to harsh words from Ozzie.
”I do mind,” Ozzie Guillen said. ”I’m the last person that can tell people what to say. In the meanwhile, he put some people on the spot. I know for a fact that this will be the last time he talks about this because I still have a little power over my kids.
”He said what he had to say, maybe people don’t like what he said, it can go either way. I just told him it’s over with, you expressed yourself, you took this thing off your chest.”