Miami Marlins supend Guillen—for free speech!

At first I thought that the following was a joke:

Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for five games Tuesday by the Miami Marlins for his comments regarding Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, said he was “very embarrassed and very sad” at a morning news conference at Marlins Park.

Outside the stadium, protesters waived Cuban flags and held signs calling for Guillen’s resignation.

“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” the team said in a statement. “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”

Guillen, who flew in from Philadelphia on an off day for the team, is expected to return for the Marlins’ April 17 game against the Chicago Cubs. Guillen said bench coach Joey Cora would run the team in his absence.

Guillen cited a language breakdown for his unintended incendiary remarks. Speaking to news media alternately in Spanish and English, Guillen apologized repeatedly.

With my heart, I didn’t say it. I was thinking in Spanish and said it wrong in English,” he said. “It was an error. Everyone hates Fidel Castro, including me. I am surprised he is still in power. That is what I was trying to say to the journalist.”

Now it is true Ozzie is no rocket scientist and is probably apologizing to save his hide  but to be suspended for 5 games in the sandbox called Baseball for expressing a private opinion probably shared by most Venezuelans and Latinos of all stripes.

The Cubanos of Miami I guess would like to see Cuba turned back  into a whore house for Americans.

Sure, Fidel has stayed too long but he did a lot for Cuba under the terrible shadow of the American embargo.

The highest literacy rate in Latin America, free health care and realtive safety

Suspended for free speech? Sounds almost Castro like!


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