(MIAMI) — For his comments made about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games without pay. He also spoke today at a news conference to clarify/apologize for the remarks he recently made.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Guillen said he admired and respected Castro for being in power for so long. This deeply upset Cubans living in the Miami area. Guillen later clarified saying that he in fact does not admire Castro, but was simply remarking on the length of time a man like Castro has managed to stay in power.
“Everybody in the world hates Fidel Castro, including myself,” Guillen told reporters. “I was surprised that he’s still in power. That’s what I was trying to say to the journalist. And that’s the first thing that came out of my mouth. I admit it. It was the wrong words.”
A Cuban-American advocacy group in Miami, Vigilia Mambisa, has come out and said that they will boycott and protest against Guillen and the Marlins until the team fires him.
“I will do everything to make things be better,” Guillen later added. “I’m willing to do everything in my power, in the Marlins power, to do everything I can to help this community.”
Guillen is eligible to come back from his suspension and rejoin the team on Tuesday, April 17 against the Chicago Cubs.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN