Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has apologized and tried to explain his seemingly pro-Fidel Castro comments, but the team still suspended him for five games.
Even after the suspension was announced and a contrite Guillen held a nearly hour-long news conference to apologize, tensions have not simmered down.
For the city with the highest Cuban-American population, Guillen's comments, who was quoted in Time saying he loves and respects the dictator, it was too much.
A large group of protesters gathered outside calling for the Venezuelan manager's ouster. Some local politicians have weighed in, looking for Guillen to be fired.
But the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is also reporting that the Marlins players are supportive of their first-year manager, who won a World Series with Chicago.
"I think everybody in that clubhouse looks up to Ozzie and what he's done," said catcher Jon Buck, the Marlins players' representative. "It's all been positive."
"You guys can feel the atmosphere he's changed in the clubhouse."
"I feel like he doesn't need to apologize to me, but I'm not Cuban, I don't know how it feels to have that looming over you. I'm coming from a baseball aspect."First baseman Gaby Sanchez, a Miami native whose parents are Cuban exiles, is behind his manager as well: "Definitely, you could see that he was very sincere."
"It was good to see him out there apologizing and trying to set everything straight on what he said and what it was about. … We just have to move forward."
What do you think? Is Guillen's apology and suspension enough?