Marlins suspend Ozzie Guillen for 5 games

April 10, 2012

The Associated Press

(AP/File)

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games because of his comments about Fidel Castro. He has again apologized and says he accepts the punishment.

The suspension by the team takes effect immediately. It was announced Tuesday, shortly before Guillen was to hold a news conference to explain his remarks, which caused an uproar in South Florida.

Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. At least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job.

Guillen told the news conference his comments were misinterpreted by the reporter, and he doesn't love or admire Castro. Guillen said the episode has left him sad and embarrassed.