Ozzie is being Ozzie.
"I feel like I betrayed the Latino community," Guillen said in Spanish at a press conference that was broadcast on ESPN Tuesday morning.
This is true. But his remarks are offensive to all people who believe in democracy.
The people in Cuba are not free. They are not free to travel. They are not free to vote for the leader of their choice. They are not even free to use the Internet.
I know this because I have friends who fled Cuba or still live in Cuba, and they have shared their stories with me.
One friend was so hungry that some days all he had to eat or drink was a glass of water with sugar.
I have another friend who was not able to legally live with his wife in Cuba. She was from another province and the government wouldn't give them a permit to live together because the square footage in his house was too small.
She was afraid walking around Havana of being stopped by the police and sent back to her province several hours away.
Average Cubans are not allowed to step foot in hotels that are reserved for tourists.
And of course there have been many political prisoners of Castro.
Ask any Cuban-American and they can tell you a story of struggle or suffering in Cuba.
Back to Ozzie.
The former Chicago White Sox manager deserves to be suspended by the Miami Marlins.
They have built a new stadium investing millions in the Little Havana section of Miami. They brought in the Venezuelan coach to help reach out to a Latino audience.
They made a big mistake. Marlins management should have known that Guillen has a big mouth.
In the press conference Tuesday morning, Guillen said that his comments were taken out of context by Time magazine and that they were a result of some mistranslation.
"I was thinking in Spanish but I said it wrong in English," he said.
But he still took responsibility for what he said.
"I hurt a lot of people and I'm aware of that," he said.
Guillen is a hypocrite.
Remember how Guillen chastised actor Sean Penn for praising iron-fisted Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez?
Well, Ozzie knows Chavez and Castro are best buddies.
Guillen deserves the suspension by the Marlins and more.
But no amount of suspension or apologies will undo the political damage he has caused and the economic impact it will have on the team.
The best thing Marlins management could do to repair the damage is to tell Ozzie, "Adios."