BBC: Miami Marlins manager suspended over Castro comments

April 11, 2012 7:43 am0 commentsViews:

Ozzie Guillen’s comments in an interview with Time provoked outrage among Miami’s large Cuban exile community.

The Venezuelan coach told the magazine he respected Mr Castro for having stayed in power for so long.

He has apologised, but several Miami officials called for him to be sacked.

The Marlins opened a new ballpark in Miami’s Little Havana neighbourhood just last week.

The team said in a statement that it acknowledged the seriousness of Guillen’s comments.

Very bumpy ride’

“The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimised especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship,” the Marlins said.

The coach told Time: “I love Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years but that [expletive] is still here.” Continue reading