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Ozzie Guillen suspended five games by Marlins

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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's Castro comments
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."

Guillen was in Miami Tuesday morning for a press conference. He apologized profusely, noting that was he embarrassed on several occasions.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig released the following statement on the Marlins' decision to suspend Guillen.

“Major League Baseball supports today's decision by the Marlins to suspend Ozzie Guillen. As I have often said, Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities. All of our 30 Clubs play significant roles within their local communities, and I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game's many cultures deserve. Mr. Guillen's remarks, which were offensive to an important part of the Miami community and others throughout the world, have no place in our game."

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