Marlins suspend Guillen 5 games

The Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised Cuba's Fidel Castro in...

The Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised Cuba's Fidel Castro in a magazine interview. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

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The Miami Marlins have suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games, stemming from comments he made about Fidel Castro.

Guillen, in a Time magazine article, praised the controversial former Cuban leader for his longevity.

The Marlins immediately came under attack from Miami's Cuban-American community. Some Cuban-Americans -- who left their homes to escape Castro's dictatorial regime -- have demanded that Guillen be fired.

"The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen," the team said Tuesday in a statement. "The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."

Guillen, a native of Venezuela, apologized Tuesday, saying in Spanish: "I'm sorry that I hurt a city, and a community. "I did so without any intention. I feel like I betrayed my Latin community. I'm here to say I'm sorry with my heart in my hands. And I want to say I'm sorry to all the people I hurt directly or indirectly."

Guillen had told Time he loved Castro and respected his ability to maintain power for a long time.

"I was thinking in Spanish and said it wrong in English," Guillen said Tuesday. "I didn't say it correctly. What I wanted to say was I was surprised Fidel Castro stayed in power so long, considering what he has done."


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