The Miami Marlins have learned what Chicagoans have known for a long time: When Ozzie Guillen talks, controversy often follows.
The Marlins suspended Guillen for five games Tuesday after he made remarks praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Guillen held a news conference after the decision and said he was "very embarrassed and very sad."
"With my heart, I didn't say it. I was thinking in Spanish and said it wrong in English," he said. "It was an error. Everyone hates Fidel Castro, including me. I am surprised he is still in power. That is what I was trying to say to the journalist."
This isn't the first time Guillen has sparked controversy related to his views.
Guillen skips a visit to the White House in February 2006, where President George W. Bush honors the World Series champions, because he's on vacation. "I understand Ozzie is on vacation, which I fully understand," Bush said. "If he's a Caribbean guy, taking a look at the weather forecast up here yesterday would have made me not want to come as well."
Guillen takes the White Sox's World Series trophy with him to Venezuela, where he is honored by noted anti-U.S. president Hugo Chavez. "People think Chavez and I are lovers," Guillen said.
He calls Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti a gay slur in June 2006. "I shouldn't have mentioned the name that was mentioned, but I'm not going to back off of Jay," Guillen said, using a different obscenity to describe Mariotti. "The word I used, I should have used something different. A lot of people's feelings were hurt and I didn't mean it that way." Guillen was fined and ordered to attend sensitivity training.
Asian vs. Latino players
In August 2010, Guillen goes on a rant before a White Sox game about how MLB treats Japanese players vs. how it treats Latino players. "I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one? I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?" Guillen said. He goes on to say baseball takes advantage of Latino players.
Guillen goes to bat for illegal immigrants, or "workaholics," as he speaks out against Arizona's anti-immigration law. "There are a lot of people from this country who are lazy," he said. "We're not. Prove me wrong. A lot of people in this country want to be on the computer and send emails to people. We do the hard work. We're the ones who go out and work in the sun to make this country better. "