Skip to content

A “very embarrassed” Ozzie Guillen apologizes for “betraying the Latin community”

Apr 10, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Ozzie Guillen Presser

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, minutes after his five-game suspension was handed down, faced the media and the music in the wake of his comments about Fidel Castro.

Guillen began the press conference speaking in Spanish, clearly aware of the audience most critical of his comments.  His eyes were red, and on occasion watery. He choked up while speaking. He looks like a man who hasn’t slept well.

The following summary of his comments come courtesy of Bob Nightengale of USA Today who translated Guillen’s comments and tweeted them:

He said he was sorry he hurt the city and the community. He said it was not intentional but that he did it and that he would like to apologize. He said he felt like he “betrayed the Latin community” and that he was there to say he was sorry with his “heart in his hands.”  he says he is embarrassed and that the past few days have been hard on him and his family. He said he’s “I’m here on my knees apologizing to all communities.”

When asked if he really loves Fidel Castro, he said that his answer was misinterpreted when he spoke to Time magazine. He says he meant to say that he was surprised that Castro stayed in power so long, not that he loved or respected him for it.

When asked if his suspension was fair, he said “I can’t control that,” and that he respects the situation and can’t complain about it because he’s not in any position to complain.  He said that he was sad he couldn’t be with the team right now, because the team is playing well.

When asked if he could repair relations with the Cuban community in Miami, he said “I am willing to do everything in my power to help the community,” and that he planned on being in Miami for a long time. He later added that this was not a one-moment-in-time kind of apology. He would not forget it, and that he would show through his actions that he is sincerely sorry.

He later said “I let the ballclub down.” He said he was hired to manage, not talk about politics. He will address his team in Philadelphia tomorrow prior to his suspension kicking in.

*Screen capture of Guillen from WSVN, Channel 7, Miami’s live stream of the press conference.

Latest Posts
  1. Rangers sign Jared Burton to a minor league contract

    May 24, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jared Burton Jared Burton

    The Rangers added bullpen depth on Sunday, signing reliever Jared Burton to a minor league contract.

  2. Marco Gonzales feeling renewed discomfort in pectoral

    May 24, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

    marco gonzales getty Getty Images

    Gonzales pitched well in his latest outing for Memphis, striking out seven and allowing only one run over six innings, and he was almost certain to be the next man up for the St. Louis rotation.

  3. Cubs return Anthony Varvaro to Red Sox after MRI reveals torn flexor tendon in his elbow

    May 24, 2015, 4:04 PM EDT

    anthony varvaro getty Getty Images

    Varvaro is now on the disabled list with the Red Sox and won’t pitch again this season. The 30-year-old had an impressive 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last summer with the Braves.

  4. Giants designate Casey McGehee for assignment

    May 24, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT

    casey mcgehee getty Getty Images

    San Francisco acquired Casey McGehee from the Marlins in December to effectively replace Pablo Sandoval at third base, but the 32-year-old woke up Sunday with a brutal .200/.254/.282 batting line and he had tallied just nine RBI in 35 games.

  5. Video: Steven Souza throws an elbow at Stephen Vogt

    May 24, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT

    souza getty Getty Images

    Steven Souza appeared to have a clear path to the plate — at least the outside of the plate — yet went right for Stephen Vogt with his elbow raised.

  6. Kyle Lobstein lands on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

    May 24, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT

    lobstein getty Getty Images

    Kyle Lobstein made the Tigers’ starting rotation out of spring training with Justin Verlander (triceps) ticketed for the disabled list. But that spot will now go to right-hander Buck Farmer because Lobstein needs a disabled list stint of his own.

  7. Shane Victorino heads back to the disabled list

    May 24, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

    shane victorino getty Getty Images

    Victorino has appeared in just 50 of a possible 205 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of leg and back problems.

  8. Mitch Harris’ journey from the Naval Academy to MLB

    May 24, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    mitch harris getty Getty Images

    Really cool feature here from MLB Network on Mitch Harris’ unique path from the United States Naval Academy to a bullpen job with the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals …

  9. Yan Gomes returns to the Indians’ lineup after missing six weeks with a sprained right knee

    May 24, 2015, 10:59 AM EDT

    yan gomes getty Getty Images

    Gomes, 27, batted .278/.313/.472 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games last season for the Tribe, earning his first Silver Slugger Award. Cleveland (17-23) could use a big offensive boost right about now.

  10. Marlins jump in Clevelander pool after snapping losing streak

    May 24, 2015, 10:04 AM EDT

    marlins getty Getty Images

    Miami defeated Baltimore to snap an eight-game losing streak late Saturday night on a Martin Prado walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning.

  11. Video: Anthony Rizzo slugs game-winning three-run shot

    May 24, 2015, 9:21 AM EDT

    anthony rizzo getty Getty Images

    Rizzo also hit a three-run double in the fifth, finishing the game with a career-high-tying six RBI.

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 24, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT

    alex gordon getty Getty Images

    Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

  13. Play of the Day: Joey Votto makes a ridiculous throw to complete a double play

    May 23, 2015, 11:25 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Joey Votto

    Joey Votto made an unorthodox throw to help turn a double play against the Indians on Saturday.

  14. Brian Matusz was ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm

    May 23, 2015, 10:47 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz Brian Matusz

    Brian Matusz is the second lefty reliever to be ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm.

  15. The Marlins had interest in Jonathan Papelbon before firing Mike Redmond

    May 23, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon Getty Images

    The Marlins were considering upgrading their bullpen with Jonathan Papelbon.

  16. Josh Hamilton will join the Rangers on Monday

    May 23, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton will be added to the Rangers’ roster on Monday.

  17. Video: White Sox retire Paul Konerko’s number 14

    May 23, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko Paul Konerko

    Paul Konerko was honored before Saturday’s Twins/White Sox game as his number 14 was retired.

  18. Dodgers place Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list

    May 23, 2015, 8:35 PM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal Yasmani Grandal

    Yasmani Grandal was hit by a backswing on Friday and will spend at least a week on the bench to recuperate.

  19. Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard are back

    May 23, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder Prince Fielder

    A pair of previously injured and aging first basemen have performed well as baseball’s second month nears its conclusion.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Hamilton (3707)
  2. D. Travis (3599)
  3. R. Castillo (3552)
  4. L. McCullers (3308)
  5. D. Wright (3158)
  1. A. Pujols (3128)
  2. B. Harper (3079)
  3. Y. Puig (3077)
  4. J. Reyes (3071)
  5. C. Crisp (3053)