White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday that he asked his son Oney to resign from his position with the team’s video department after Oney, 24, made a series of questionable statements on his Twitter account.
Guillen, who had declined to speak with reporters about the matter the previous day, said he had no problem with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams, speaking to FOXSports.com, sounded more frustrated with the explosion of social media than his latest spat with Guillen.
The full text of the interview with Williams:
“I’ve grown into absolutely loving this job,” Williams said. “I’ve been so fortunate. I’ve done it for 10 years. I’d love to do it for another 10. But there are some peripheral changes that have happened around the game that have made it difficult to navigate your way through your job. I’ll just have to assess those and see exactly how to better prepare for them.”
Is Williams talking about new media (Web sites, blogs), social media (Twitter, Facebook) or both?
“(Former White Sox general manager) Roland Hemond and I used to talk about things now vs. the things he was faced with over a number of years. It is what it is.”
Does he have a problem with Guillen using Twitter? (Guillen said he will continue with his account, but restrict his comments to non-White Sox matters).
“Whatever issues I have concerning those situations, I’ve addressed them behind closed doors. Maybe I’m a little old school in this matter. I think that’s where they should stay.”
The White Sox’s management team — Guillen, Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf — will be featured in an MLB Network reality series this season. How can Williams have problems with certain social media but not have a problem with that?
“Who says I’m all that comfortable with that? Some things you do as a general manager that you’re not completely comfortable with or on board with. But there’s a greater good. It’s good for the whole.
“Everybody knows I like to conduct my business kind of out of sight. But all the arguments presented to me convinced me it was good for baseball, good for the fans. I acquiesced.
“I’m not inflexible with any or all of this stuff. I guess the only time I become a little rigid is if I feel the focus isn’t where it should be. That’s not to say that it is or isn’t. I’ve never said that.”
Guillen wanted to develop a Web site that would have focused on the White Sox and baseball, but the team said no. What happened?
“I know what you’ve read. I have not had one single conversation with him about the Web site. The Twitter thing, yes I have.”
Was that the White Sox’s call or Williams’ call to prohibit Guillen from starting the Web site?
“You know how much time I spent on that? A nanosecond. How much time do you think I have in my day to spend on Twitter, Web sites or blogs?
“I’ve got 50 some-odd players in this (major-league) camp and 180 (minor leaguers) on the back fields, 40 staff members from three or four different countries, not to mention administrative issues, contract issues, all those other things. You think I spend a lot of time worrying about that other stuff?”
You met with Ozzie and his wife, Ibis, on Friday. How difficult was this whole situation considering that it involved a member of Guillen’s family?
“The guy is like a brother. I have literally known those kids since they were born. There are obvious concerns about anything that creates the sort of perception that there’s a divide.
“But we both have jobs that have great responsibility. Even if there were a divide of some sort — and if there is, I haven’t been told — I’m not going to let that get in the way of what we’ve got to do.”