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Ozzie Guillen has only spent five games as the Miami Marlins' manager, and he'll spend the next five at home. The team has announced that Guillen will be suspended for the next five games following the controversial remarks he made about Fidel Castro.


Update: We have live coverage of the press conference. 

"The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen," the Marlins said in a statement. "The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."

Guillen is expected to address the community shortly at a press conference. We'll be updating live through the press conference.

Update: Guillen is now addressing the media in Spanish, his native tongue.

"I apologize for betraying my Hispanic community," says Guillen according to ESPN's live translation. "I'm here to say I'm sorry with my heart in my hands, and I will say sorry to all those people who were hurt directly or indirectly."

"The last few days have been really hard for me and my family. The last few days have been really hard for us."

"I hope when I get out of here, I hope people will understand who Ozzie Guillen is, how I feel about them, and how I feel about the Fidel Castro dictatorship."


Guillen also says that his quote in Time in which he said he respects Castro was translated from Spanish to English, and that the true intentions of his quote were taken out of context. He says he meant that he was surprised Castro was still in power even after all the wrongs he's committed. 

Guillen says that he was thinking in Spanish and said the wrong thing in English, and doesn't blame the mistake on the journalist. 

On the topic of Hugo Chavez, president of Guillen's native country of Venezuela, Guillen says the he does not share the dictator's views or support his policies. 

"I expect to be here a long time. I live in Miami," says Guillen in English "I will do anything to make it better. I will help the Cuban community, the Latino community, like I always do." 

"If I leave the Marlins, or they leave me, I will live here for the rest of my life. I will be a Miami guy," says Guillen. "I wanna walk in the street with me head up and feel not this bad, the way I feel right now."

"Everyone in the world hates Fidel Castro, including myself," said Guillen. 

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