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Ozzie Guillen Suspended From Marlins After Fidel Castro Comments

April 10, 2012


Ozzie Guillen

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for five days after remarks he made praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

However, the Venezuelan former Major League Baseball player is backpedaling, saying he was "thinking in Spanish and I said it wrong in English," according to USA Today.

Guillen is apologizing after a Time article quoted him as saying he "loves" Castro and respects him for being able to say in power for more than 50 years.

What Guillen is saying he meant to say was that Castro has done a lot of bad things and that is why "I am surprised he has stayed in power so long," he said at a press conference at the new ballpark built in the Little Havana section of Miami, according to USA Today.

Today the Marlins, via the team's official Twitter account @Marlins, said the following: "The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen ... The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."

To read the Time article, click here.

In that article, he also talks about his passion for bullfighting, because "You're giving the animal an opportunity to kill you."

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