Braves player Marcell Ozuna was pulled over early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence.
Before the game, Ozuna spoke to reporters for 18 seconds about the Houston Astros. After his statement, non of the question asks to him
“I disappointed my team,” he says. “I disappointed my family. I don’t have anything to say more. It’s a legal matter.”
Ozuna gets arrested for the second time in as many years. First, he got arrested on May 29, 2021, for aggravated assault by strangulation and battery after police witnessed him attacking his wife. Then, his charges against him dropped after completing a pretrial diversion program.
He was detained by a police officer in metro Atlanta and taken into the Gwinnett County jail at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. Despite being charged with DUI and failing to maintain a lane, he is free on bond for $1,830.
“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 announced. “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.”
In Friday’s game, Ozuna was not in the lineup – the fifth straight game he’s missed for poor play, manager Brian Snitker explained.
Snitker spoke to Ozuna earlier that day but did not elaborate on their discussion.
“No, like I said, I think everything’s been said,” said Snitker. “We’re disappointed that it happened, and we’ll just go on.”
The 31-year-old Ozuna is in his second season with Atlanta and is in the second year of a $65 million contract. His batting average was .338 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI in 2020 but has dropped below .215 for back-to-back seasons.
Ozuna is hitting .214 this season with 20 homers and 46 RBI. However, this season’s poor performance reduced playing time before the arrest.
Snitker did not know whether Ozuna would get suspended.
Ozuna was placed on administrative leave following his arrest in 2021 and missed Atlanta’s World Series championship run. However, he was removed from the team’s domestic violence policy for 20 games in November, allowing him to return to the game this season.
Ozuna apologized during spring training to his teammates and fans in March.
“My fans, I’m going to give you the best, and I’m going to be a better person, and I’m sorry,” Ozuna announced at the start of spring training.
During Ozuna’s pretrial diversion program, previous charges get dropped, as well as 3-6 months of supervision, a family violence intervention program of at least 24 weeks, 200 hours of community service, and a behavior modification course.