The Nation editor Dave Zirin said others in pro sports have much more to apologize for than Ozzie Guillen did.
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Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for five games by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday following comments he made praising Fidel Castro.
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In a recent interview with Time magazine, Guillen said he "loves" Castro -- and respects how long the Cuban revolutionary and former dictator was able to stay in power.
"I respect Fidel Castro," Guillen told the magazine. "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a bitch is still there."
Guillen's comments were especially incendiary because he coaches the professional baseball team in Miami -- home to a large Cuban-American population, including many who fled the country when Castro took power.
The Marlins this season opened a new ballpark in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
It's not the first time Guillen has found himself in hot water for off-the-cuff comments. Over the past several years, he's courted controversy by using a homophobic slur against a sportswriter, praising Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and declining to join his former team's traditional post-championships White House visit, among other flare-ups.
At a Tuesday morning news conference immediately following the suspension announcement, Guillen was apologetic and called his Castro comments "the biggest mistake of my life."
Twitter users immediately reacted to the suspension and Guillen's apology, with many saying he should not have been suspended and others arguing the punishment wasn't severe enough. Fans, celebrities and former players all sounded off in 140 characters or less, and reactions ranged from humor to outrage.
Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the Twittersphere's best and most insightful responses to Guillen's suspension.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.