Guillen apologizes for Castro comment

The Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is apologizing for telling a magazine that he loves Fidel Castro.

The team released a statement on Saturday saying there is "nothing to respect" about Castro, calling him a "brutal dictator."

Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. Guillen called the team's beat writers for a closed-door meeting before a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night and apologized for the statement. He said he's opposed to the way Castro has treated the Cuban people.

Guillen said he didn't sleep Friday night because he was sick over how the comment would be received. Guillen said he doesn't blame people if they're upset at what he said.