Ozzie Guillen, Miami Marlins Manager, Apologizes For Praise of Fidel Castro

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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is under fire over comments published last week in which he appeared to express his love for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Guillen, speaking in the Marlins' dugout before today's game at Philadelphia, said he plans to fly back to Miami tomorrow morning to face the media and public.

He says he feels "guilty" and "embarrassed" and wants to address questions personally after sparking controversy with his remarks to Time magazine.

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"I want to make everything clear what's going on. Then people can see me and know what I think," Guillen said. "I think it's the proper thing so people can see my eyes."

"I want to get the thing over with. I told the Marlins I want to fly (back) as soon as I can, and tomorrow's a day off. I don't want to (talk about it) in Philadelphia."

"I want to be in Miami and clear everything up."

"I want them to know I'm against everything 100 percent - I will repeat it again - the way this man (has been) treating people for the last 60 years."

"I want the people there. Whoever feels about it, ask me any questions. I want you to ask what you ask, because I feel bad? Yes. I feel embarrassed? Yes."

It remains to be seen if that will assuage the masses. A Cuban-American advocacy group in Miami, Vigilia Mambisa, has already called for him to be fired.

Guillen told Time last week that he admires and respects Fidel Castro for staying in power so long. He then said he felt sick over the comments in print.

He was self-aware enough to realize the response he'd get.

"No, not really. I talked to the media already in Cincinnati about it, and I expected this was going to happen," he said when asked if he was surprised.

"I feel badly, because I don't want to say (it was taken) out of context. I think it was kind of a cheap shot. But I've got to face it," Guillen told reporters.

"Like I said, I feel sad and (for) a couple days, I feel sick to my stomach, not because of what I did. Just because I know I hurt a lot of people."

The Marlins issued a statement clarifying that they have no respect for Castro, "a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years."

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I am from vancouver,canada and wanted to comment on the five game suspension of Ozzie Guillen.He got nothing to apologize for.It is the U.S. gov. that should be apologizing to the american people for not letting them travel to Cuba.All people in the USA should support Ozzie Guillen.In Cuba there is free education and free medical services for the people there.Students from the USA go to Cuba to get a university education free of charge.You can't do that in the USA.With regard to the U.S.gov.You can fool some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time.It seems that Ozzie Guillen wasn't dummed down by the U.S.gov.Keep up the good work Ozzie.

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u dnt say that when u play for a miami team... At least not if u wnt a fan base... But i dnt think he should have gotten a suspension. That does kind of infringe on his freedom of speech. But no matter he shouldnt have said it.

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Coming from a Cuban: Grow up Cubans. Not by age yet Maturity. Ozzie Guillen can speak his mind. Stop living in your past. You should be beyond Castro, you left right? Don't be a bad ex bf/gf. Move on with your life.

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Why can someone call me a narrow minded Christian bigot but I can't call them a fucking faggot???

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Yes freedom of speech but its a fucked up comment. You would not go to boca raton florida and say to jews "oh i love hitler"

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Fire guillen

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wtf is wrong w america? appology for liking smt.. hello, its freedom of speach people!!! even if its fucked up one. doesnt sound very democratic of me, if u cant speak ur mind!!

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Don't be to hard on Ozzie. Save it for the end of the season because he will stick his foot in his mouth many times before then.

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Think before you speak. If you love Fidel then go to Cuba and starve with the rest of the citizens.50 some years of torture, murder and oppression. Put that in your baseball cap Ozzie.