Police footage of Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna’s domestic violence arrest was obtained Wednesday by TMZ Sports. The video footage documents the moments leading up to Ozuna’s arrest and terrifyingly shows the 31-year-old with his hand around the neck of his wife as police officers enter his home.
MLB star Marcell Ozuna had his hand forcefully wrapped around his wife's neck just minutes before his arrest last May … new police video, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows. https://t.co/TI2e4MRc8D
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 1, 2021
Officers were reportedly responding to an “assault in progress” call they received in Sandy Springs, Georgia on May 29. Upon seeing Ozuna with his hand around his wife’s neck, the officer immediately ordered the outfielder to “get your hands off her” and “get on the ground.” The officers then escorted Ozuna’s wife, Genesis Guzman, outside of the home, before arresting Ozuna.
Ozuna was wearing a cast on his hand, having had been placed on the Injured List just days prior to his arrest.
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Ozuna was charged with misdemeanor family violence and agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion program. Initial felony charges against the MLB player, including aggravated assault by choking, were reduced. The MLB retroactively suspended him 20 games on Monday for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. However, he will be able to take the field on Opening Day in 2022 because he already served the full length of his ban last season from Sept. 10 through the conclusion of the regular season.
The outfielder is entering the third year of his four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves. He’s due to earn $16 million in 2022. Ozuna has featured in 108 games for Atlanta across two seasons, hitting 25 home runs and driving in 82 RBI for the club.