Carlos Gomez says unflattering column ‘intentionally’ ridiculed him
Carlos Gomez doubled-down by again slamming a column about him written last week that some have suggested misused a quote from the Houston Astros slugger to portray him in an unflattering light.
Gomez argued during an appearance Thursday on ESPN Radio’s Max y Marly — a show conducted in Spanish — that the column, written last week by the Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith, purposely ridiculed him.
“That person knew exactly what he was writing, and he did it intentionally to ridicule me,” Gomez said, via ESPN. “… I do not wish for him to lose his job because he may be a father and have a family, but he should have given a better thought process before writing such comments. Because [he] not only [hurt] a Dominican, but every Latino who makes an effort [to learn] the language.”
In the column, Smith directly quoted Gomez in English, his second language. Typically, media members clean up quotes from non-native speakers, but Smith used the following quote verbatim.
“For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed.”
Gomez — who previously slammed Smith and the column last week on social media — went on to single out Smith, arguing the columnist deserves to be punished for his actions.
“With all due respect to what [reporters] do, they deserve respect, but people like him who want to f— with you because they can f— with you, they should be suspended or fined, just as someone on TV is fined who says something inappropriate,” Gomez said. “People like this should be fined as well.”
Gomez goes on to say that the column was disrespectful to non-native speakers of English, claiming it makes players working hard to learn the language feel a sense of discrimination. He adds that he would prefer to not use a translator when conducting interviews.
“As a baseball player, I like to express myself the way I want to, not that I say something and an interpreter makes it prettier,” he said. “I would like it if a reporter sits and listens to me and then writes things — but in a professional way, not in a way to make fun of me like he did.”