Atlanta Braves Outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested on Saturday on charges of choking his wife and slamming her against a wall, according to reports.
His wife, Genesis Guzman, had visible injuries from the alleged incident but was not taken to a hospital, police told ESPN.
Ozuna, 30 years old, from Dominican Republic , was being held at Fulton County Jail in Georgia for aggravated assault by strangulation and battery, ESPN reported. The most serious charge carries a sentence of three to 20 years in prison, according to the report.
He was arrested by police in Sandy Springs, Georgia, reported FOX 5 from Atlanta.
Police said they received a call around 12:26 pm about a possible such as jumping inside a house. The officers who responded heard screams coming from there. 'inside "the house upon their arrival, FOX 5 reported.
Officers claimed to have seen Ozuna assault his wife, according to the New York Post. The player, who was placed on the The Braves' list of injuries last week following an injury in the game, was seen with a cast on one of his arms, according to the report.
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Ozuna, who led the National League in the circuits with 18 homers during last year's pandemic MLB season, signed a contract for four years and $ 65 million with the Braves in February, the Associated Press reported. He was out of the Braves roster on Saturday night as Atlanta lost to the New York Mets 13-2 in New York. .
Last week, the nine-year MLB veteran was placed on the Braves' injured list with two broken fingers after sustaining injuries during a slip in a recent game.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he learned of Ozuna's arrest after the game, according to the AP.
Marcell Ozuna (County Sheriff's Office Fulton / Associated Press)
"The Braves made a statement. I stand by that and that 's all I know " said Snitker.
L The team said they learned of the arrest on Saturday and immediately alerted the MLB commissioner's office.
"The Braves fully support Major League Baseball's policy on domestic violence, which points out to the maximum that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form, "the team said. comments and all inquiries on this matter should be referred to the Commissioner's Office. "
In addition to the actions taken by the Georgian authorities, the MLB plans to conduct its own investigation - which could result in a significant suspension for Ozuna, sources told ESPN.allegation against the player could also affect the "guaranteed " status of his contract with the Braves, report says .
Other players found guilty of violating MLB domestic violence policy have been suspended for at least half a regular season, the Post reported. Yankees pitcher Domingo German was suspended for 81 games in 2019, while Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera missed 85 games in the same season, the reported point of sale .
In 2020, Ozuna's wife was arrested after allegedly throwing an object at her husband while the couple were at Yumi, FOX 5 reported .
Details on when Ozuna would appear in court were not available.