Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen Suspended Following ‘I Love Fidel’ Comment

Major League Baseball just announced that Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspected for five games, effective immediately, as the firestorm continues over his comment to Time magazine last week that “I love Fidel Castro.”

According to the Miami Herald, the team said “the pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”

Guillen, an outspoken man who has gotten in trouble before for things he’s said about homosexuals and others, is due at a news conference this hour in Miami. MLB.com is set to webcast it here. We’ll update this post with highlights.

On Morning Edition, NPR’s Tom Goldman reported on the latest trouble Guillen has gotten himself into. Guillen told Time that he loves and respects Castro because the Cuban leader has managed to stay alive for decades even though many would like to see him dead.

As the Herald reports:

“Spanish-language radio stations popular with older Cuban Americans — a coveted local voting bloc — were inundated with calls from listeners offended by Guillen’s reported remarks. … He has since apologized for those comments, but that hasn’t stopped mushrooming outcry from some South Florida Cuban Americans, a group his ballclub hopes will fill the team’s new Little Havana stadium in coming years.”

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