Oney Guillen: No hard feelings
The son of Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he has no ill will toward the franchise after he was asked by his father to resign from his position in the scouting and video department.
Oney Guillen, who resigned from the White Sox on Friday amid controversy for his recent comments on Twitter and his plans to start a Web site devoted to his father, only wishes those in the organization who had problems with him would have confronted him face-to-face.
"I don't have any hard feelings toward any of those guys," Oney Guillen said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "When you're at work, don't you wish someone would tell you what was up or not go behind your back? I'm 24 years old, you don't have to go talk to my dad. You can talk to me first."
Oney Guillen said he never heard from White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, who was not happy with Guillen opening a Twitter account earlier in spring training and didn't like the Web site idea, either.
"I don't have any ill will toward Kenny or his family. I just hope he doesn't have any ill will toward the Guillen family," Oney Guillen said. "People say one thing when they're talking to you, and they feel another way. Nobody in my family feels that way. If we don't like you we say it. If we do like you, we attack it head on. I just wish there would have been more honesty, that's all."
Oney's father wasn't pleased when he found out about his son's interview.
"Kenny and I are tired about talking about this [Oney's resignation]," Ozzie said. "Hopefully, from now on, we'll talk about baseball and the team.
"I talked to [Oney] over the phone about how to express his opinion. I'd be the last person to tell somebody what to say. But in the meanwhile, he put some people on the spot. I know this is the last time he will talk about this, because I still have a little power over my kids.
"He hurt my feelings," Ozzie added, "because I had told him that was enough. Don't talk about this anymore. All of a sudden, he was talking on the radio. That says you're not respecting what I'm saying."
Ozzie told reporters on Saturday that the move was his decision, not Williams' or Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's.
"I have to put myself in the situation of feeling comfortable," Ozzie Guillen said. "When you talk about your family, that's different. I don't give a [bleep] who you are. When you talk about my wife, my kids -- I'll kill anybody for them. When you're not right, you're not right. That's why I made the decision. I made the decision. It was not Kenny, it was not Jerry, it was not [Sox vice president of communications] Scott Reifert."
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Oney Guillen said his father was worried that a potential Web site and his Twitter account could become an excuse for critics if the White Sox, who will also be featured on an MLB Network reality show this summer, were to struggle this season.
"If we come out the gate and we start losing they're going to [say] that was the reason the Web site got shut down," Oney said. "My dad didn't want them to use an excuse, 'Oh, Ozzie is doing the Web site, Ozzie is doing this.' But we open up for cameras for MLB Network? Isn't that kind of contradictory?"
Oney Guillen said the Web site was approved by Major League Baseball and was not intended to be a platform for expressing controversial opinions, merely a chance for fans to gain behind-the-scenes access to his father.
"This is going to take maybe 10 minutes from my dad's day," Oney Guillen said of the Web site. "Not at the stadium, at home. The most important thing is winning games, and that's not going to affect my dad. This was not going to affect the way he manages or the way he goes about his business. At the end of the day, that's why we made the decision that it was maybe best that I shouldn't stick around because he didn't want me going in there and then him having to worry about how I was being treated and how I was being seen, because the most important thing is the 25 guys and the coaches and going out there and winning."
Oney Guillen said he didn't think his resignation will affect his father's relationship with Williams.
"I think my dad and Kenny have a very volatile, very open relationship," Oney said. "At the end of the day they both want to win. They have different ways of going about it. Sometimes there is obviously a difference of baseball opinion."
ESPNChicago.com baseball reporter Bruce Levine contributed information to this report.
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