Marcell Ozuna, who plays outside the Atlanta Braves, was arrested on Saturday. He allegedly choked his wife and hit her against a wall, according to reports.
His wife, Genesis Guzman, suffered visible injuries following the alleged incident. but was not taken to the hospital. Police told ESPN.
Ozuna, 30, a Dominican Republican, is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia on charges of strangulation assault and disciplinary misconduct, ESPN reported. The more serious charges carry a prison sentence of 3 to 20 years, the report said.
He was detained by police in Sandy Springs, Georgia, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported.
Police said they received a call at around 12:26 p.m. about a possible attack inside the home. Response officers heard “Screams came from inside” at the house when they arrived, FOX 5 reported.
Officials claim they saw Ozuna assault his wife, according to the New York Post, a player who was placed on the Braves’ injured list last week after being injured in the game. was seen with a cast on one of his arms, the report said.
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Ozuna, who led the home national league with 18 during last year’s MLB pandemic, signed a four-year, $65 million contract with Braves in February, The Associated Press reported. In the Braves’ lineup on Saturday night, Atlanta lost to the New York Mets 13-2 in New York.
Last week, the nine-year MLB veteran was placed on Braves’ injured list with two broken fingers after being injured during a slide in the latest game.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he learned about Ozuna’s arrest after the game, according to the AP.
“The brave have issued a statement. I stand for that And that’s all I know,” said Snicker.
The team said Learned about the arrest on Saturday. and immediately notify the MLB Commissioner’s Office
“The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, which fully emphasizes that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence of any kind,” the team said. will finish We will have no further comments. And all questions about this should be directed to the Commissioner’s Office.”
In addition to official actions in Georgia, MLB plans to conduct its own investigation that could lead to a major Ozuna suspension, sources told ESPN. The allegations against the players could affect the state. The “warranty” of his contract with Braves, the report said.
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Other players found guilty of violating MLB’s policy on domestic abuse face at least half the regular season suspension, the Post reports. Yankees pitcher Domingo German was suspended for 81 games in 2019, while Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera sat 85 games in the same season, the outlets reported.
In 2020, Ozuna’s wife was arrested after allegedly throwing objects at her husband while the couple were in Miami, reports FOX 5.
There are no details as to when Ozuna will appear in court.