Atlanta Braves star Marcell Ozuna was arrested on Saturday after an alleged incident of domestic violence in Georgia, the team confirmed.
Ozuna, according to police records, was arrested in Sandy Springs – a northern suburb of Atlanta – on strangulation charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence.
According to the police report, officers heard screams upon arrival and entered the house to find Ozuna “grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her against the wall”. They also said that Ozuna “hit the victim with his arm which has a plaster cast from a previous injury.”
The charge of strangulation for aggravated assault is a felony in Georgia and carries a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of 20 by ESPN.
Ozuna will be investigated under the Domestic Violence Policy of Major League Baseball.
“We learned of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest earlier in the evening and immediately informed the commissioner’s office,” the Braves said in a press release. “The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence Policy, which emphasizes to the maximum that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form.
“Until the investigation is completed, we will have no further comments and all inquiries into the matter should be referred to the Commissioner’s office.”
Ozuna was placed on the injured list earlier this week after injuring two fingers in a game. He was due to miss several weeks and did not travel with the team to New York for their series with the Mets.
The 30-year-old is in his second season with the Braves. He’s in the first year of a four-year, $ 65 million contract with the team.
The incident occurred nearly a year after Ozuna’s wife, Genesis, was arrested for domestic violence. Genesis allegedly hit Ozuna with a soap dish in the face.
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