Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was retroactively suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred this week over his violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
Because the punishment is backdated, it runs to Sept. 10 and covers the last month of the regular season. Ultimately, it will cost him $1.55 million of his $12 million salary.
Back in May of this year Ozuna was arrested after police claimed they saw him attacking his wife, Genesis. The cops had been responding to a 911 call when they witnessed the alleged attack.
This week, TMZ released a video from the Sandy Springs Police Department. In the clip, an officer could be heard ordering Ozuna to “get your hands off her.”
Ozuna is 6-foot-1 and weighs 225 pounds.
Originally Ozuna was charged with felony aggravated assault by strangulation, but officials dropped the felony charge earlier this year.
Subsequent details that emerged regarding the incident were extremely disturbing.
Ozuna’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2022.
Brittany Renner’s money situation just went from bad to worse. https://t.co/IOBsaziWlo
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 2, 2021
At some point, the leagues are going to need to step in and do something about all this misbehavior. Because as things are presently handled, clearly there is no real deterrent.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.