Ozzie Guillen Suspended for Five Games

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Ozzie Guillen has only spent five games as the Miami Marlins' manager, and he'll spend the next five at home. The team has announced that Guillen will be suspended for the next five games following the controversial remarks he made about Fidel Castro.

Update: We have live coverage of the press conference. 

"The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen," the Marlins said 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 is expected to address the community shortly at a press conference. We'll be updating live through the press conference.

Update: Guillen is now addressing the media in Spanish, his native tongue.

"I apologize for betraying my Hispanic community," says Guillen according to ESPN's live translation. "I'm here to say I'm sorry with my heart in my hands, and I will say sorry to all those people who were hurt directly or indirectly."

"The last few days have been really hard for me and my family. The last few days have been really hard for us."

"I hope when I get out of here, I hope people will understand who Ozzie Guillen is, how I feel about them, and how I feel about the Fidel Castro dictatorship."

Guillen also says that his quote in Time in which he said he respects Castro was translated from Spanish to English, and that the true intentions of his quote were taken out of context. He says he meant that he was surprised Castro was still in power even after all the wrongs he's committed. 

Guillen says that he was thinking in Spanish and said the wrong thing in English, and doesn't blame the mistake on the journalist. 

On the topic of Hugo Chavez, president of Guillen's native country of Venezuela, Guillen says the he does not share the dictator's views or support his policies. 

"I expect to be here a long time. I live in Miami," says Guillen in English "I will do anything to make it better. I will help the Cuban community, the Latino community, like I always do." 

"If I leave the Marlins, or they leave me, I will live here for the rest of my life. I will be a Miami guy," says Guillen. "I wanna walk in the street with me head up and feel not this bad, the way I feel right now."

"Everyone in the world hates Fidel Castro, including myself," said Guillen. 

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Ncc-1138
Ncc-1138

I found a website that freaked me out --  http://cuban-exile.com/doc_051... --- this site has a detailed list of all the Cuban terrorist acts committed on American soil. If most Americans knew about this, it would be awkward. I have this weird belief that the US probably allowed  these acts of terrorism to happen...maybe they funded it too. It's no secret the CIA trained militant Cuban exiles. Not to mention, for some odd reason, all Cuban Americans are pushed to vote Republican - they've gotta be in cahoots with one another. I mean, if it wasn't for Florida, Bush wouldn't have been in power...we wouldn't be in the shit state we are in...yada yada yada...just sayin'

Timelfrink
Timelfrink

This is not a freedom of speech issue.  He can say what he wants, but people can come behind him and say what they want.  Like wanting him fired.  It's up to the Marlins to make the call once they run the numbers and see what the financial hit will be. 

Hell, when Lebron said he says changing his employer, Americanos in Cleveland burned his jersey and almost rioted.  I think what Ozzie said was certainly more offensive than what Lebron did.

Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech

I agree that anybody can say what they want that's what's great about this country. Even the Cubans that come here seeking political asylum and then after they have four dollars they go back to Cuba doesn't make any sense the dry foot wet foot law has to be overturned.

They complain about Ozzie's comment but these are the same idiots that supported the revolution and now they come here bashing the freedom of speech they didn't have, there all cowards no balls they come here with their tail between their legs like kicked dogs.

Timelfrink
Timelfrink

Hey tough guy, your family is obviously native american.

Johnsmith
Johnsmith

QUE VIVA BEISBOL!!! Guillen should be FUSILADO! Just kidding. That's too Castro-like.

faramesa
faramesa

Guillen Should Be Suspended

FormerCincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was suspended from baseball in 1996 andforced to sell the club in 1999 after praising Adolf Hitler.

Schott said during a 1996 television interview that Hitler was "good atthe beginning but then went too far."

After talks with baseball officials, Schott apologized for her Hitler comments,but was still suspended. 

This week, Miami Marlin's manager Ozzie Guillen told Time magazine, "I love Fidel Castro."

Guillen has since apologized, but like Schott, he should also be suspended.

YaBigDummy
YaBigDummy

Way different.  His attempt at a joke was:

"I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the last 60 years, yet that [SOB] is still there."

completely different.

faramesa
faramesa

One thing is freedom of speech  and the other is making offensive comments against a very large community of Cubans and Cuban Americans, praising a dictator in power for 53 years, guilty of even killing American citizens. On the other hand, you have to be responsible for your words.  I am sure that Ozzie does not have what it takes to wear a Hitler t-shirt in Miami Beach or make a comment in Liberty City like "I love the Ku Klux Kan".

ThisisAmerica
ThisisAmerica

Who really cares if people don't agree with his viewpoint? I don't share his viewpoint, but I'll fight for his freedom to say whatever he wants. This isn't Cuba, we should all be able to speak freely, that's what freedom is all about.

SadDayInBaseball
SadDayInBaseball

Suspended?!   What happened to freedom of speech?  Really pathetic that the Marlins caved on this.   He's a Fing baseball manager, not a politician.

David
David

 It's not a freedom of speech issue. It only becomes one when the government is the one that limits an individual's speech. It does not apply when an employer reprimands their employee for something they said.

bereal84
bereal84

these people need to get over it. I dont agree with what Castro is doing but I get what Ozzie was trying to get at. Why didn't you protest in Cuba when it mattered the way you're  protesting in the US now???   

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

I don't think it's about the Marlins caving. It's about the fact that they finally got most people to put the controversy surrounding the stadium behind them and get excited about this new team and everything and then Ozzie comes in after one home game in their new home in Little Havana and he says he loves Fidel. It's almost funny to think about how unbelievably pissed off Loria and Samson must be. It's not about the Marlins not standing up for their manager or anything, it's not about freedom of speech, it's about not having the most important political group in their city turning against them. It's about not having protests outside of their stadium. It's about business.

GrowUpToARealCity
GrowUpToARealCity

 "the most important political group in their city"

Wrong, most of Miami has moved on.   Cubans need to wake up and catch up, this isn't 1980.   Plain old $ is the most important political driver in this city.   Half the Cuban politicians would say the same thing Ozzie did if it meant them gaining more power/$.

Luisescarra
Luisescarra

It's not about $$$$$, you just don't come to a cuban community and say "I Love Castro" it's a slap in the face, I bet you wont say I Love Hitler, in a Jewish community.Guillen is not a politician true he is a manager of a Miami Baseball team, perhaps is more about respect vs ignorance, besides he should know the pain many cubans have suffered because of the man he claims he loves.

Timelfrink
Timelfrink

"the most important political group in their city"   You say wrong, okay keep kidding yourself.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Well I'm not sure what group as a whole is more "important" but maybe that wasn't the best way to put it. But I agree about your point about the $ and that's kind of the point I was trying to make. Marlins do not give a damn about the politics of this situation, they just want to get out of this with the least number of people hating them as possible. 

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