Braves’ Marcell Ozuna expresses disappointment after DUI arrest


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Atlanta Braves outfielder and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna was not in the lineup Friday night against the Houston Astros after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning.

It was the fifth game in a row where Ozuna was not in the composition of the Braves as the two-time All-Star has struggled at home plate this season.

Marcell Ozuna, right, and William Contreras of the Atlanta Braves in the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on Aug. 19, 2022, in Atlanta.
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Ozuna was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and failing to maintain his lane of traffic early Friday morning, according to CBS 46 News in Atlanta.

Ozuna was incarcerated in Gwinnett County Jail and released on bail, according to the report.

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In an arrest report obtained by the network, Ozuna admitted to drinking “like three or four” beers and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Ozuna briefly spoke to reporters before Atlanta’s game against Houston without answering any questions.

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“I disappointed my team,” he said. “I disappointed my family. I have nothing more to say. It’s a matter of rights.”

Marcell Ozuna, left, of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park on August 13, 2022, in Miami, Florida.

Marcell Ozuna, left, of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park on August 13, 2022, in Miami, Florida.
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This is the second time in the past 15 months that Ozuna has come into conflict with the law. Ozuna was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and battery by strangulation in May 2021 after officers said they saw him strangling his wife. These charges were later reduced to a domestic violence misdemeanor.

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Ozuna was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and was retroactively suspended 20 games in November for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Atlanta designated slugger Marcell Ozuna in the dugout in a game against the Houston Astros on August 19, 2022 at Truist Park in Atlanta.

Atlanta designated slugger Marcell Ozuna in the dugout in a game against the Houston Astros on August 19, 2022 at Truist Park in Atlanta.
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“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all facts relating to the incident,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization takes these matters very seriously, and (we) are obviously disappointed with the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment until the process is complete. “

Ozuna is in the second year of a four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves and is hitting .214 with 46 RBIs and 20 homers in 107 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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