Former White Sox manger and current manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen has been given a five-game suspension for his pro-Fidel Castro comments.
The problems for the Venezuelan Guillen started when he made comments to Time magazine that he admired Fidel Castro for his ability to remain in power. Specifically, when asked “Who’s the toughest man you know?” He replied to Time reporter ““He’s a bull ... dictator and everybody’s against him and he still survives, has power. ... I don’t admire his philosophy, I admire him.”
This clearly is not something that set well with the Cuban community of Miami, many of which are exilees from Cuba. This is Guillen’s first year as manager of the Marlins.
Since then Guillen has issued different apologies and has tried to clarify his comments. Nonetheless, the Marlins in a statement said they “acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” and “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorships.”