Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
Atlanta Braves star Marcell Ozuna was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Friday morning. He was booked in Gwinnett County Jail just hours after his team defeated the New York Mets, 3-2, on Thursday night. A video of the arrest, which took place around 4:30 a.m., surfaced on social media on Friday and showed the slugging outfielder trying to use his baseball credentials to ease his interaction with Norcross, Ga. police officers. Ozuna was reportedly pulled over for speeding and failing to maintain his lane.
Footage from Marcell Ozuna’s 4:30am DUI arrest has been released
Ozuna was released on bond on Friday and it was unclear if he would join the Braves for Friday night’s game against the visiting Houston Astros. He was benched for the team’s previous four games, though that was believed to be due to poor performance.
Ozuna is hitting .214 with 20 home runs and 46 RBI through 107 games, but he has struggled since the All-Star break and has not appeared in a game since Aug. 14.
This was Ozuna’s second arrest in as many years. He was arrested last May for aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery-family violence charges in connection with an incident with his wife in Sandy Springs, Georgia, according to Yahoo! Sports. Ozuna allegedly was seen by police grabbing the victim’s neck and throwing her against a wall.
He was suspended for 20 games during the 2021 season and issued an apology to the organization during spring training this year.
“My fans, I’m going to give you the best and I’m going to be a better person, and I’m sorry,” Ozuna said.
He is in the second year of a four-year, $65 million contract he signed prior to the 2021 season — and prior to both arrests. Atlanta still owes Ozuna more than $41 million, according to Yahoo.
The organization issued a statement on Friday.
“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all the facts pertaining to the incident,” the team said. “Our organization takes these matters very seriously and are obviously disappointed by the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment until the process is complete.”
The Braves sit second in the NL East with a 73-47 record, just 3.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets.
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