Atlanta Braves outfielder and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane by Norcross, Georgia, police Friday morning, according to the Athletic's David O'Brien. He was later booked into Gwinnett County Jail and released at 8:12 a.m., on a $1,830 bond, per O'Brien.
This is Ozuna's second arrest in less than 15 months. He was arrested on May 29, 2021, for aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery-family violence charges in connection with an incident with his wife in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Ozuna allegedly was seen by police grabbing the victim's neck and throwing her against the wall.
MLB eventually suspended Ozuna for 20 games in 2021 for that arrest and he entered a diversion program and received six months probation. He apologized to the team this past March and said he "learned everything" after completing a 24-week family violence intervention program and an anger management course.
Ozuna's time with the Braves could be coming to an end with this recent off-field distraction. He had already been benched after posting just a .184 batting average and .521 OPS since the All-Star break with only two home runs.
Ozuna is in the second year of the four-year $65 million contract he signed with the Braves on Feb. 5, 2021, before his domestic violence arrest. Atlanta still owes Ozuna more than $41 million, which complicates the team's options.
The Braves sit second in the NL East with a 73-47 record, just 3.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets.