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Marcell Ozuna, an Atlanta Braves outfielder, was arrested Saturday for aggravated assault and family violence after officials witnessed him assaulting his wife, according to prison records and police.
30-year-old Ozuna was booked by the Sandy Springs Police Department, according to Fulton County (GA) prison records. Sandy Springs is a northern suburb of Atlanta.
In a statement released late Saturday night, Sandy Springs police said they had received an 911 call around 12:30 p.m. about an ongoing attack on their home in town. The department said their officers heard screams and saw the front door open when they arrived. Inside, officials said that Ozuna grabbed the victim, who they identified as his wife, by the neck and threw him against a wall.
Officials arrested Ozuna “without further incident,” the statement said. The statement also said that Ozuna hit his wife on the arm with a plaster cast. The victim was injured, according to police, but not taken to a hospital.
Major League Baseball will also be investigating the matter.
“We heard about the arrest of Marcell Ozuna tonight and immediately informed the commissioner’s office,” the Braves said in a statement on Saturday evening.
“The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, which fully emphasizes that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form. We will make no further comment until the investigation is completed and all inquiries on this matter should be referred to the Commissioner’s office. “
Since the MLB and the players union issued a domestic violence policy in 2015, 13 players have been banned, with bans ranging from 15 to 162 games according to investigations.
Ozuna, a two-time All-Star who led the National League on home runs last season, was put on the injury list on Friday after injuring two fingers on his left hand while sliding into a base. He was expected to be absent for several weeks. The Braves played the Mets in New York this weekend.
After hitting 0.338 with 18 home runs in 60 games for Atlanta last season, Ozuna finished sixth in the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award and signed for four years and $ 65 million over the winter. That season he beat .213 with seven home runs in 48 games.