Falcons Reportedly The Latest Team To Decline "Hard Knocks" AppearancePublished April 23, 2012
INSIDER ACCESS: MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro noted a 30-minute preview episdoe of Showtime's "The Franchise," featuring the Marlins, aired Saturday night, and the episode “was entertaining, enticing and enlightening.” With “full access to private meetings and phone conversations,” the preview had “plenty of drama.” In “great detail, the episode showed the inner workings that led to manager Ozzie Guillen being suspended for comments he made to Time magazine about Cuban leader Fidel Castro.” The franchise is “in the public eye like never before.” (MLB.com, 4/22). Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria in the episode said of the comments made by Guillen about Castro, “My initial reaction was, ‘Wow, this is not the Ozzie I know for all these years.’ But I realized we had to deal with this and deal with it quickly.” Marlins President David Samson: “This is about as bad as it can get without getting to termination.” Loria said he stated “unilaterally” the suspension is going to be five games and “that’s that.” Guillen told Samson, “I feel terrible.” Loria added, “Commenting on political things is just not a very smart thing to do” (“The Franchise,” Showtime, 4/21).
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