Miami Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen finds himself in full-on crisis mode, this after a recent Time magazine article in which he professes his respect for former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The team’s new coach now says he will fly back to Miami from their current road trip to answer questions about these statements, ESPN is reporting.
Guillen’s problems began during a recent interview with the magazine in which he says, “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a b**** is still there.”
These comments went over like a lead balloon in Miami, a city with a sizable Cuban community. Guillen has since said he feels “guilty” and “embarrassed” by these remarks. The Marlins also issued a statement calling Castro “a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years.”
“I want to make everything clear what’s going on. Then people can see me and know what I think,” Guillen tells ESPN. “I think it’s the proper thing so people can see my eyes and ask every question they want to ask.”
A community activist has even called on the Marlins to fire the first year coach.
This is not the first time Guillen’s mouth has gotten him in trouble. In 2006, he called a Chicago Sun-Times reporter a gay slur. Guillen was later fined for these statements and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.