The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen five games for his comments about Cuban leader Fidel Castro, according to ESPN.com.
The suspension will take effect immediately, and came before Guillen was to have a press conference explaining his remarks that caused major public backlash, according to SI.com.
Guillen told Time magazine that he loves and respects Castro for being able to stay in power for so long, si.com reported.
Guillen, speaking in Spanish Tuesday morning in Miami, apologized to the city, and its Latin-American community. He said that he feels like he has betrayed the Latin community, according to ESPN.com.
The Marlins recently opened their new stadium in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The team is trying to rebuild its fan base with the help of the large Cuban community of Miami, according to SI.com.
The Marlins were quick to refute Guillen's statement and said that in no way does the Miami organization respect the brutal dictator, according to ESPN.com.
This is not the first time Guillen has such controversial words. He once used a gay slur when referring to a reporter, he defended illegal immigrants, and just recently admitted to drinking in excess after road games, according to SI.com