Miami Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen, has caused one hell of an uproar.
In a Time Magazine article, Guillen said, "I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, yet he’s still there."
Probably not the smartest thing to say when you're living in a city full of Cuban immigrants that hate Castro.
Guillen has been suspended for five games without pay.
Ozzie held a news conference at the new ballpark built in the Little Havana section of Miami.
He first apologized in Spanish, then in English, "I apologize to the people here, to the people outside who was looking at me and I’m very-very sorry about the problem, about what happened. I will do everything to make it better...Everything in my power to make it better.'
Apparently, the comments he made were misinterpreted
Guillen explained, "It was misinterpreted. What I mean in Spanish...I cannot believe somebody hurt some many people over the years is still alive.'
But the protesters aren’t buying it and neither are some local Houstonians Pedro Garcia who doesn't agree with Guillen’s comments said, "I think it`s time he got off the horse one way or the other and decide Which side he`s on. I mean at the one hand he says he sorry for his Comments but at the same time he said he was misrepresented. So Where does he stand on this? Shows his true colors."
They want Guillen out, not just out of Miami, but out of the country.
One protester in Miami said, "He's not welcome and if he has some kind of dignity he should go somewhere else with his idols Chavez and Castro"
Comedian Daniel Tosh tweeted about the ridiculous comments poking fun at what Ozzie might say next, Ozzie Guillen on Adolf Hitler: "he just had that 'it' factor."
Fans are even starting to turn against the Marlins saying, “I won't buy a ticket. I was thinking of buying a season ticket and I will not."
Hey that’s perfect!!!
The Marlins next home game is Friday against the Astros and if no one shows up, it will be just like Sunday’s game at Minute Maid Park.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times