Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Hot topic: Jose Guillen



By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Jose Guillen controversy - he angrily threw his bats into his locker before Sunday's game after he wasn't in the starting lineup - got a lot of air time on sports-talk radio Monday.

Guillen says he was told before the game that he would start.

He was still so hot shortly after tossing his bats into his locker Sunday morning that he vowed he wasn't going to take infield/outfield practice with the team before Sunday's game.

But Guillen was in uniform and on the field with his teammates just before infield practice started, and took the field.

Missing infield practice would have been a serious breach of protocol that almost surely would have had financial consequences for Guillen.

"I didn't want to cause any controversy," Guillen said after Sunday's game. "I want everybody to understand, I don't have an attitude problem. Just tell me the truth."




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