Why did the Miami Marlins baseball team suspend their manager Ozzie Guillen for five games, in April 2012?
#125682. Asked by star_gazer. (Apr 10 12 9:57 PM)
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen suspended for 5 games over Fidel Castro comments|
By Adam H. Beasley and Alexandra Leon
A contrite and at times emotional Ozzie Guillen apologized for more than an hour Tuesday for having said "I love Fidel Castro,'' categorizing the remark - which ignited a firestorm in Miami's Cuban exile community and beyond - as "stupid." But just 100 yards from where the Miami Marlins' fiery manager delivered his astonishing mea culpa, hundreds of protesters made it clear that for them, he can't take back what he said. A raucous rally outside Marlins Park was the most visible evidence that Guillen and his employers still have much work to do to win over their most vocal critics.
The Marlins, whose new taxpayer-funded stadium sits in the heart of Little Havana, took the first step toward trying to heal the rift Tuesday by announcing Guillen will be suspended for the next five games, beginning with Wednesday's contest in Philadelphia. "I feel as though I have betrayed the Latino people," Guillen told reporters at a packed news conference, which was televised nationally. "I'm very embarrassed, very sad and I'm very, very, very sorry."
Guillen, the 48-year-old Venezuelan skipper, will not collect a paycheck while suspended; instead, the team will donate about $150,000 to human-rights charities, The Miami Herald has learned. The ballclub never considered firing Guillen, who was notified of his suspension during a frank conversation with team owner Jeffrey Loria Monday night, said Marlins President David Samson.
The Miami Herald
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