Marlins Manager's 'Love' for Castro Prompts Boycott

Ozzie Guillen must quit: Cuban-American group
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2012 12:58 PM CDT
Marlins Manager's 'Love' for Castro Prompts Boycott
Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Miami Marlins.   (Getty Images)

A Cuban-American group is fuming after the Miami Marlins' manager spoke ever so highly about Cuba's former president. "I love Fidel Castro," Ozzie Guillen told Time. "I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf----r is still here." The Marlins quickly backpedaled, issuing a statement calling Castro a "brutal dictator" who "caused unthinkable pain"; Guillen himself also apologized on Saturday.

"I want them to know I'm against everything 100%—I repeat it again—the way this man (has been) treating people for the last 60 years," he said, according to NBC Miami. But that's not enough for Vigilia Mambisa, which calls itself a "hard-line, right wing, anti-Castro, anti-communist group." Tomorrow, the organization will parade a line of cars to the Marlins' park in support of the boycott, which won't end until Guillen steps down, the group says. (More Miami Marlins stories.)

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