Ozzie suspended for Castro comments
@SportsBata ..nuff said
“Fidel Castro,” Ozzie said. “He’s a bull—- dictator and everybody’s against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him. Everywhere he goes they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy. I admire him.”
“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” the team said in a prepared statement announcing the move. “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.” – espn
“I want to apologize for the things (I said) that hurt somebody’s feelings,” Guillen said on Saturday in Cincinnati, where his Marlins beat the Reds. “I want them to know I’m against everything … the way (Castro has) treated people the last 60 years. I’ve read a lot about him.” Guillen has also apologized to the Marlins’ Spanish-language broadcast team. Both Felo Ramirez and Yiki Quintana were born in Cuba. – nydailynews
‘Never outspoken’ Miami Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen got himself in the hotseat (again) for comments on Fidel Castro! The comments were published in the Times magazine last week. Ozzie got a five-game suspension for his comments; the biggest suspension ever handed out to a #MLB manager. A Cuban-American advocacy group in Miami, Vigilia Mambisa, has said it would boycott and demonstrate against Guillen until the Marlins fire him.
He just started coaching in Miami, and probably figured he needed to comment on the subject, but Ozzie, a native Venezualan himself, should have known better speaking on native culture. The problem is he tuned in on a delicate topic; millions of people were killed in Cuba under Castro and a lot of people from Cuba live in Miami.
Ozzie did apologize Saturday, and in a press conference today. Check out all the comments above!