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New details emerge in Marcell Ozuna domestic violence arrest

Marcell Ozuna

Atlanta Braves star Marcell Ozuna was arrested on Saturday for domestic violence, and some new details have emerged from the alleged incident.

According to a police report that was obtained by TMZ, Sandy Springs Police in Georgia say Ozuna threatened to kill his wife during a heated dispute “over an infidelity.” The alleged victim told police that Ozuna had taken “both her cell phones from the bathroom while she showered without her consent.” When she demanded that he return them, Ozuna allegedly refused and threatened to kill her.

Ozuna’s wife told police she then took Ozuna’s phone and called 911. Ozuna tried to leave, but the woman says she chased him. She then went back inside and grabbed a large kitchen knife to defend herself because she feared for her safety.

The alleged victim claims Ozuna returned to the house and began to “verbally abuse her” before things got physical. He allegedly pushed her, grabbed her by the throat and held her against the wall after she put the knife down. Officers then arrived and witnessed the strangulation when they entered the home, according to the report.

Police also said they witnessed Ozuna hit his wife with the cast on his arm.

The information about Ozuna allegedly assaulting his wife is consistent with the details that were revealed previously.

Ozuna has a cast because he is recovering from two dislocated fingers suffered on a dive during a game on Tuesday. He was arrested and charged with felony assault with strangulation, as well as misdemeanor battery.

The 30-year-old outfielder is in the first season of a 4-year, $65 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Ugly details emerge in Marcell Ozuna arrest

Marcell Ozuna

Some ugly details have been released regarding Marcell Ozuna’s arrest on Saturday.

Sandy Springs Police in Georgia issued a statement about Ozuna’s arrest. They said in the statement they were called to Ozuna’s home to respond to an assault in progress. When they arrived, they say the front door was open. Police say they witnessed Ozuna grabbing his wife by the neck and throwing her against a wall.

Police also say they witnessed Ozuna hit his wife with the cast on his arm.

Ozuna has a cast because he is recovering from two dislocated fingers suffered on a dive during a game on Tuesday. He was arrested and charged with felony assault with strangulation, as well as misdemeanor battery.

The 30-year-old outfielder is in the first season of a 4-year, $65 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Marcell Ozuna arrested on assault strangulation and battery charge

Marcell Ozuna

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna is facing some serious legal charges.

Ozuna was arrested by Sandy Springs (Ga.) police on Saturday. He was charged with two crimes: aggravated assault strangulation, and misdemeanor battery.

Aggravated assault strangulation is a felony in Georgia and punishable by 1-20 years in prison if convicted.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan says Ozuna is expected to be investigated by MLB over the charges.

The 30-year-old outfielder is in his second season with the Braves after spending the previous two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was placed on the injured list on Thursday with two dislocated fingers suffered on a dive on the bases on Tuesday.

Ozuna could end up suspended based on MLB’s strict domestic violence policy. He is batting .213 this season.

The Braves issued the following statement:

Marcell Ozuna gets four-year contract from Braves

Marcell Ozuna selfie celebration

The Atlanta Braves are retaining a key cog of their offense, and this time they’re doing it long-term.

The Braves announced on Friday they have reached a four-year contract with outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The contract is for $64 million but could be worth as much as $80 million with a fifth-year option.

Ozuna hit .338 for the Braves last season. His 18 home runs and 56 RBIs both led the National League. The 30-year-old was playing on a one-year deal and was one of the bigger values of 2020, and he clearly convinced the Braves that he was worthy of a significant long-term commitment.

The veteran outfielder received significant interest as a free agent, so the Braves will likely be thrilled to retain him.

Report: 10 teams have interest in Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna selfie celebration

After struggling to find interest last offseason, it sounds like Marcell Ozuna won’t face the same problem last season.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Ozuna has received interest from at least ten teams as he prepares to hit the open market. This includes teams in both the American and National Leagues, despite the lack of long-term clarity on the designated hitter rule.

Ozuna had to wait until January to sign last winter, ultimately landing with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year deal. They were rewarded with a dominant season in which Ozuna hit .338 with an NL-leading 18 home runs and 56 RBI.

Ozuna has had some problems with focus in the past. Some teams may worry that could return once he’s not on a one-year deal. That said, the stats speak for themselves.

Marcell Ozuna costs Braves with baserunning error in Game 5

Marcell Ozuna baserunning error

Marcell Ozuna’s baserunning blunder in Game 5 of the NLCS at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Friday night cost his Atlanta Braves badly.

The Braves were leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Ozuna singled to lead off the inning against Joe Kelly. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a single, and the two moved to second and third after a groundout by Ozzie Albies.

Then with one out, Dansby Swanson hit a ball to right field. Ozuna went to tag up after Mookie Betts made the catch and was able to beat the throw home for a run to put the Braves up 3-0. But there was one problem.

The Dodgers challenged and said that Ozuna left third base early. They turned out to be right.

Ozuna was found to have left early and ruled out, which wiped the run off the board. That was a huge play.

The Braves would have been up 3-0 if the Dodgers didn’t challenge. Instead, it was 2-0 after the play was overturned. And then Corey Seager hit a home run the next inning to make it 2-1. Couple that with Will Smith’s home run off Will Smith, and those are the big plays in the game.

The Dodgers won Game 5 7-3 to make it a 3-2 series. The Braves need one more win to take the series, while the Dodgers have to win two in a row.

Former All-Star upset over Marcell Ozuna selfie celebration on home run

Marcell Ozuna selfie celebration

Marcell Ozuna had a huge game for the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, though his celebrations left some annoyed.

Ozuna has been taking mock selfies as a form of celebration this postseason. This time he did a mock selfie after rounding third base following his second home run of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Stopping mid-home run trot to pose and celebrate rubbed some the wrong way. One person who did not like it was former All-Star pitcher Greg Swindell.

Swindell, who was an All-Star in 1989 and won the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, shared his annoyance via Twitter.

“This MFer just stopped and took a “selfie” rounding 3rd on a home run. When does this s— stop. I’m sorry. But that’s enough,” Swindell said (profanity edited by LBS).

Swindell told another person that he hoped someone would throw at Ozuna to send a message. He also described himself as “old school.”

Ozuna pulled the same move earlier in the playoffs.

He also did the mock selfie thing after the Braves won the NLDS.

I give lots of leeway to players who react in the moment and show passion immediately after making a big play. And I have no problem calling out silly unwritten rules. Pitchers being fired up right after a strikeout or doing a bat flip immediately after a home run is justifiable. But stopping mid-home run trot take a mock selfie before you’ve even crossed the plate is taking things too far. That’s not an immediate reaction; that’s premeditated and disrespectful to your opponent. Even Braves manager Brian Snitker doesn’t seem to like it.

5 MLB players who could be one-and-done with their new teams

Mookie Betts

A shortened Major League Baseball season means some teams that made moves during the offseason are going to be short-changed. Teams that traded for players in the final season of their contract or signed free agents to one-year deals face the prospect of getting around 60 games from those players, not 162. That’s unfortunate for fans, but it could actually serve to maximize the impact of the players on their new teams if things go well.

Here are five players on new teams in 2020 who are set to become free agents after the season, and could be one-and-done with their new clubs.

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Marcell Ozuna suffered injury in domestic violence incident that led to wife’s arrest

Marcell Ozuna

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was involved in a domestic violence incident recently that left him with a minor injury and led to his wife being arrested.

Andy Slater of FOX Sports 640 reported on Friday that Ozuna suffered a “small laceration” on his face recently after his wife, Genesis, allegedly hit him in the face with a soap dish during an altercation. Genesis was arrested after a two-week investigation and charged with domestic battery. Slater reports that she was given a stay-away order after pleading not guilty.

You never expect an athlete to be injured after being hit in the face by a soap dish, but we’ve seen plenty of strange injuries over the years for MLB players.

Ozuna, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Braves earlier this offseason. He hit .241 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs in 130 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.

Marcell Ozuna agrees to one-year, $18 million deal with Braves

Marcell Ozuna

The Atlanta Braves are moving right on after Josh Donaldson’s departure.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported on Tuesday that free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna has agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Ozuna, perhaps the top remaining bat on the market, hit .241 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs in 130 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. He had been extended a $17.8 million qualifying offer by the Cardinals, who will now receive draft pick compensation for his exit.

The signing marks a victory for the Braves, who went 97-65 last season, as they had been after Ozuna along with other free agent power hitters.