Miami Marlins Manager Praises Castro, Gets Suspended
If you’re going to be the manager of a sports team in Miami, one of the things you don’t do is praise Fidel Castro:
The Miami Marlins announced Tuesday morning that manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games due to his positive comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power for such a long period of time. The comment set off a firestorm in Miami and prompted the Marlins to immediately issue a statement denouncing Castro.
Guillen has since apologized via a group of reporters in the locker room.
“I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought,” Guillen told the writers. “I want them to know I’m against everything 100 percent — I repeat it again — the way this man [been] treating people for the last 60 years.”
This isn’t the first time that Gullien has stuck his foot in his mouth. Indeed, he became rather famous for it while managing the White Sox, but this certainly ranks as one of the dumber things he’s ever said.