After reading the police account of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest for assaulting his wife, the natural reaction for many people might be that he should never wear a baseball uniform again. But even if the Braves wish to take action against Ozuna, they will not do so before Major League Baseball completes its investigation of his arrest on Saturday for domestic violence. And they likely cannot void his contract, either.
Ozuna’s future with the club is obviously secondary to the safety of his wife, Genesis. According to a press release from the Sandy Springs, Ga., Police Department, officers responding to a 911 call stemming from an assault in progress entered his residence through an open door, then saw him grab Genesis by the neck and throw her against a wall. The release also says Ozuna struck her with a cast that was protecting his two broken fingers.
Genesis had visible injuries, the release said, but was not taken to the hospital. Ozuna was charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and misdemeanor battery — family violence, according to jail records on the Fulton County website. He was held without bail on Sunday and appeared at a hearing Monday via video call, in which he was ordered to have no contact with his wife and released on a $20,000 bond.
The Braves issued a statement on Saturday night saying they fully support the league’s policy on domestic violence, “which stresses to the fullest that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form.” The team said it would withhold further comment until the completion of MLB’s investigation, and directed all inquiries on the matter to the commissioner’s office. Both the league and Players Association declined comment. Ozuna’s attorney, Lars Anderson, also declined comment, citing the sensitivity of the case. The Athletic attempted to contact Genesis, but had not reached her at the time of publication.