Scott: Ever said something and then wished you could take it back? Well, the manager for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins sure does after speaking out during a recent magazine interview.
Ozzie Guillen: I apologize to the peoples here. I’m very, very sorry. I will do everything to make it better.
Scott: An apology from the embarassed manager of baseball’s Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen.
Guillen: I let those guys down. I let the ball club down.
Scott: Guillen has been suspended for five games without pay for comments he made to Time Magazine about Cuba’s former leader, Fidel Castro. He told the reporter he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long.
His comments quickly outraged the Cuban-American community in Miami, who sees Castro as a brutal dictator and definitely not a hero.
“When you say you love someone that is responsible for the deaths of so many people, there’s something wrong with you!”
Scott: It is estimated that one out of every four Miami residents is Cuban. Many fled the island after Castro took over more than fifty years ago. He began a communist government there, where no one owns private property and the government manages everything. Fidel Castro’s government kept tight control on the Cuban people, controlling the media, and cracking down, often brutally, on anyone who spoke out against the government.
Guillen, who is from Venzeula, says his comments were misinterpreted. But many of the protestors said they don’t believe him and say they want the Marlins manager to resign.