Marcell Ozuna told Atlanta police who he was during his arrest Friday morning, his second in 15 months.
The Braves outfielder, who was caught on charges of drink driving and failing to maintain his lane, handed over a Major League Baseball ID card, along with his driver’s license, during his traffic stop.
“Sorry, sorry, I’m Ozuna of the Braves,” he told a Norcross Police officer, according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the officer had to accelerate to 90 mph to overtake Ozuna in the 35 mph zone.
Ozuna told the officer that he had celebrated the Braves’ victory over the Mets on Thursday night and had drunk “three or four” beers. He was subjected to three field sobriety tests and refused breath and blood tests before being booked into Gwinnett County Jail.
“I can not do that. If you want to take me to jail, take me to jail, because I can’t do that,” Ozuna told the officer, according to the report.
Footage from the incident also showed an officer removing the 31-year-old’s shackles so he could relieve himself in a bush.
Ozuna was later released from county jail on $1,830 bail.
The outfielder, who was reportedly carrying $8,000 in cash, spoke to reporters ahead of the Braves’ game Friday against the Astros in Atlanta. Ozuna was not in the starting lineup.
“I’ve disappointed my team, disappointed my family,” he said. “And I have nothing more to say, and it’s a legal matter.”
According to Jon Heyman of The Post, Ozuna met with Atlanta general manager Alex Anthoploulos and manager Brian Snitker after he was released from prison.
“I think all has been said,” Snitker told reporters when asked if Ozuna’s arrest would be a distraction. “We are disappointed that it happened, but we will continue.”
It is unclear what penalty Ozuna will receive from the team or the MLB.
Ozuna faced assault and charges last year after police reportedly witnessed him suffocate his wife while responding to a 9-1-1 call in May 2021. Although the police video appeared to show Ozuna the grabbed his wife’s neck, the charges were dropped and replaced by a felony domestic violence battery and simple assault.
Ozuna agreed to participate in a six-month domestic violence intervention program plus more than 200 hours of community service and anger management counseling as part of a probationary agreement. He was given a retroactive unpaid 20-game suspension in the 2021 season.
He apologized to fans and teammates in March during spring training.
“My fans, I’m going to give you the best,” he said, “and I’m going to be a better person, and I’m sorry.”
Ozuna has more than $41 million in credit on his four-year $65 million contract through the 2024 season, but he lost his starting job earlier this season, hitting .214.
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