Miami Marlins suspend coach Ozzie Guillen for five games after Fidel Castro comments

3:34 PM, Apr 10, 2012   |    comments
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Miami, Florida -- The Miami Marlins have suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games for comments about Fidel Castro.

The Marlins issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

"The Miami Marlins announced today the suspension of manager Ozzie Guillen for five games effective immediately. 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."

Last week Guillen, who is Venezuelan, told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. When Guillen read his comments Friday, he said he felt sick because he knew how people would react and on Saturday apologized for his remarks.

The team is just settling into its new stadium in Miami's Little Havana area, where many Cuban exiles feel no affection for Castro.

On Tuesday, Guillen again apologized and says he accepts the punishment.

He told a news conference his comments were misinterpreted by the reporter, and he doesn't love or admire Castro. Guillen said the episode has left him sad and embarrassed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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