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Braves star Marcell Ozuna received a $ 20,000 bond on Monday for grievous bodily harm from strangulation and assault against his wife.
Ozuna was jailed Saturday after police officers in the Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta said they saw him attack his wife Genesis when he responded to an emergency call.
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During his first appearance in Fulton County District Court, Ozuna was ordered not to have any contact with his wife. He is due to be released from prison on Monday.
In court, lawyers said the couple were in divorce. Genesis Ozuna was arrested in Miami a year ago for domestic violence.
A statement from Sandy Springs Police Department said officers walked into a house with the front door open and heard screams from inside. Officials said they saw Ozuna grab his wife by the neck and throw her against a wall, and additionally hit her with a plaster cast on his injured left hand.
According to police, the victim had visible injuries but was not taken to hospital.
Ozuna could face a long suspension from Major League Baseball, which plans to review the matter under the joint domestic violence policy between the MLB and the players’ union.
Already on the injured list, he expected to be out for more than a month after dislocating two fingers on his left hand during a game in Boston last week. In a video of his appearance in court, he was seen wearing a bright yellow hue.
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Ozuna re-signed with Atlanta in 2020 after a stellar first season with the Braves, agreeing to a four-year deal for $ 65 million. He hit .338, led the National League with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, and finished sixth in the NL MVP vote.
Ozuna also became a fan favorite with its colorful celebrations, including mimicking selfies after home runs and a touching hand gesture to highlight big hits.
He got off to a slow start to the season, hitting just .213 with seven homers and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury.