Guillen denies he almost fought with GM

Updated: June 12, 2010, 2:04 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen denied a report that he and general manager Kenny Williams almost came to blows after Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

"I'm not in shape to fight anyone," Guillen said Friday before his team played the Chicago Cubs. "Last time I fight I was 10 years old. Yes, there were a couple [of things] when we talked. First of all I don't fight. I don't think people can resolve their problems fighting. We just talked about the situation, and that's it."

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted a source that said Guillen and Williams had a heated confrontation that almost came to blows.

Williams was upset about hearing that Guillen had said the White Sox shouldn't have drafted Guillen's son Ozney Tuesday in the 22nd round of baseball's amateur draft. Guillen said at the time he would pay his son $50,000 not to sign with a team at that low of a draft slot just to make sure he went to college instead of signing. Ozney Guillen has a scholarship at South Florida.

Guillen said all the personal drama between him and Williams is based on one thing: frustration from having a bad baseball team.

"No matter what sport, every time the thing doesn't go right people are going to hate each other," Guillen said. "That's what losing does. I don't see any team loses 100 games that has good chemistry."

Guillen admitted that his personal relationship with Williams isn't quite the same, but he said the lines of communication are open in talking about the ballclub. But he's not sure if he and Williams can still be friends.

"A lot of things happened this year starting in spring training [Guillen fired his son Oney for tweeting about the White Sox]. I did that [fired him]. But this time I didn't say the White Sox disappointed me when they drafted Ozney. I said baseball [disappointed us]. Period. We have a deal in my family, if you don't get picked by the sixth round you go to college."

Guillen and Williams were teammates with the White Sox as far back as 1987 and 1988. And Guillen says for that reason alone, their dynamic is different than any of the other 29 manager-GM relationships in the game.

"Our relationship is different from those because we grew up together and played together in the game," Guillen said. "I don't know if we can be good friends. I hope it does, we should [be friends]."

Asked about his job being in jeopardy, Guillen said he is always prepared to be fired but hopes to manage the Sox for many years to come.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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