Ozzie Guillen: ‘I’ve Betrayed My Latin Community’

Ozzie Guillen: 'I've Betrayed My Latin Community'11:29 a.m.: And that wraps up the news conference as Guillen ends what was almost an hour-long news conference.

The Marlins skipper apologizes once again for the remarks and thanks all for attending.

Click here to see some of the reaction from Miami residents calling for Guillen to lose his job.

11:27 a.m.: Guillen says that the calls for him to resign were a little bit "extreme."

11:26 a.m.: "I'd be too embarrassed to be around the ballclub," Guillen says when speaking about what the plan is moving forward during his suspension.

"I hope the very black cloud that is around me right now can float by, and we can start focusing on baseball and this organization."

Joey Cora will be the Marlins' interim manager during Guillen's five-game ban.

11:24 a.m.: "I'd be too embarrassed to be around the ballclub," Guillen says when speaking about what the plan is moving forward during his suspension.

11:21 a.m.: Hugo Chavez, president of Guillen's native country of Venezuela comes up again.

"I prefer to die than vote for Hugo Chavez."

11:20 a.m.: "I made a mistake, but I don't think the team should pay for it. I don't think the organization should pay for it."

11:17 a.m.: However, Guillen insists that he's not dumb.

"When you make a mistake this big, you can't sleep. If I don't learn from this mistake, then we can sit back here and you can call me dumb. I can't take it right now because I'm not dumb. I know I did the wrong thing."

11:15 a.m.: "I was very stupid, very naive about the comment."

11:14 a.m.: Some strong words in the opposite direction for Guillen on Castro: 

"I hate him for all the damage and the hurt — directly or indirectly. I'm surprised he's still in power. That's what I was trying to say. … That was the first thing that came out of my mouth. I admit. It was the wrong words. The wrong language."

11:09 a.m.: Guillen is being grilled pretty good by the assembled Spanish media. He was just asked how a comment indicating that he "loved" Castro could be confused, but Guillen once again insisted that he was surprised that someone like Castro could stay in power for so long.

11:08 a.m.: Guillen also insists that while something may have gotten lost in translation, he does not blame the Time writer for the issues that have been caused by his words.

11:03 a.m.: "I'm not surprised it got this big because I did hurt a lot of people."

Guillen also insists that he will do all he can to not only say that he'll be better, but prove it in the future.

"I made a lot of comments [in the past] but I didn't apologize because I didn't think I was wrong. But this time I was. I needed to tell the Cuban community that I'm truly behind them … It's not what I do right now, but what I do in the future. I have to show the Cuban community, the Latin community that I'm there and I support them 100 percent."

11 a.m.: "I don't admire Fidel Castro. I didn't say that. … But I'm here to tell the truth. I'm here to clarify many things, and I don't admire Fidel Castro."

10:58 a.m.: Guillen got a chance to speak with some Cuban Americans in the recent days, including speaking with some face-to-face. He explained that seeing their faces and the way his comments made them feel was the most difficult part. 

10:56 a.m.: Guillen says he'll meet with his team on Wednesday.

He says he's "very sad" that he "let those guys down," with the suspension coming just as the Marlins starting to play better baseball.

10:53 a.m.: "I'm very, very sorry about the problem, about what happened. I will do everything I can to make it better. Everything in my power."

More on the suspension: "I think fixing my problem with the community right now is more important than the suspension or the money."

On those who are upset with him/more on his future: "I don't blame the people who think what they think right now because I hurt a lot of people. … I'm gonna be a Miami guy for the rest of my life."

10:52 a.m.: Now in English: "It was misinterpreted. I was talking in Spanish, I said I think I believe that someone that hurt so many people over the years could still be alive."

On his five-game suspension: "I cannot control it. I can't say that it's fair or unfair. That's their decision. I think it's very important for me to be with the club, but I respect that decision. I can't complain about that, because right now, I'm not in position to complain."

On his future in Miami: "I expect to be here for a long time. I live in Miami. My family lives in Miami. I will do everything to make sure things get better. … I will do everything in my power and in my family's power to help this community like I always do."

10:48 a.m.: Guillen is now actually talking about the damage that Hugo Chavez has done in Guillen's native Venezuela.

"I don't share his ideas, his philosophy. I don't support his ideas and philosophies."

10:46 a.m.: Guillen says that he was surprised that despite all of the horrible things that Castro had done, he was surprised the dictator stayed in power so long.

"Personally, I've been very close to many Cuban-Americans who had been very close to the Fidel Castro dictatorship."

10:46 a.m.: Guillen says that something was lost in translation in the original Time interview.

"I guess the answer was misinterpreted. In the translation from English to Spanish, you lose a lot. I don't want to make excuses, but that's exactly what I said. What I wanted to say was that I was surprised that Fidel Castro was in power so long."

10:45 a.m.: "I hope that when i get out of here, people will understand who Ozzie Guillen is and how i feel about them and how i feel about who Fidel Castro is."

"…I'm hear on my knees apologizing to the Latin American communities."

Guillen, speaking in Spanish, also talked about how "embarrassed" he was. He indicated that the last week or so have been difficult for him and his family with the regret he continues to feel for his comments.

Give credit to ESPN Deporte's Jose Hernandez for the translation from Spanish to English, as he's translating the Spanish part of the news conference on the network's live coverage.

10:40 a.m.: Guillen: "I'm sorry that I hurt a city, a country. I hurt the community. Without any intention that I did. Not only Cuban-Americans, but all the people in the United States and all of the Latin Americans.

"I feel like I've betrayed my Latin community. I'm here to say I'm sorry with my heart in my hands."

10:38 a.m.: Ozzie Guillen is headed to his seat, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

10:35 a.m.: ESPN is showing the scene outside of Marlins Park where there looks to be several hundred people. There appeared to be a handful of flags, both American and Cuban.

10:30 a.m.: The news conference has yet to begin, but it sounds like Guillen will do at least some of the address in Spanish. 

There appear to be protesters outside of Marlins Park, but that's nothing new, as the Marlins have have already seen protests over the last week or so.

There are multiple reports, including a picture on Twitter from SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson, that the Marlins have set up a video screen outside of the stadium to stream the news conference outside to the fans as well.

10:20 a.m.: That didn't take long. The Marlins have announced before the news conference even began that they have suspended Guillen five games for his comments. 

From the Marlins: 

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

We should learn even more shortly.

10:15 a.m. ET: Ozzie Guillen has made a living out of saying some pretty insane things. His latest comments, praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, may have Guillen in his hottest water yet.

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Guillen said that he loved Castro, and he praised the longtime dictator for living so long despite being one of the most hated men in the world.

Those comments did not set well in Guillen's new home of Miami. The new Marlins skipper has upset many in the Cuban-heavy community of Miami and South Florida, and it's forced him to return to Florida in the middle of a road trip for a public apology.

Guillen has already apologized, but he has a news conference set for 10:30 a.m. at Marlins Park in Miami to address it more. It's unclear at this point whether or not the team will do anything in terms of discipline, but that may be answered at 10:30.

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