ATLANTA (AP) – Braves star Marcell Ozuna was granted a $ 20,000 bond on Monday for grievous bodily harm through strangulation and assault against his wife.
Ozuna was jailed Saturday after police officers in the Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta said they saw him attack his wife Genesis when he responded to an emergency call.
During his first appearance in Fulton County District Court, Ozuna was ordered not to have any contact with his wife. He is due to be released from prison on Monday.
In court, lawyers said the couple was in divorce. Genesis Ozuna was arrested in Miami a year ago for domestic violence.
A statement from Sandy Springs Police Department said officers walked into a house with the front door open and heard screams from inside. The officers said they saw Ozuna grabs his wife by the neck and throws her against a wall and additionally hits her with a plaster cast on his injured left hand.
According to police, the victim had visible injuries but was not taken to hospital.
Ozuna could face a long suspension from Major League Baseball, which plans to review the matter under the joint domestic violence policy between the MLB and the players’ union.
He was already on the injured list and expected to be out for more than a month after dislocating two fingers on his left hand during a game in Boston last week. In a video of his appearance in court, he was seen wearing a bright yellow hue.
Ozuna re-signed with Atlanta in 2020 after a stellar first season with the Braves, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $ 65 million. He hit .338, led the National League with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, and finished sixth in the NL MVP vote.
Ozuna also became a fan favorite with its colorful celebrations, including mock selfies after home runs and a touching hand gesture to highlight big hits.
He’s got off to a slow start this season, hitting just .213 with seven homers and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury.
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