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Atlanta Braves outfielder and designated batter Marcell Ozuna was not in the lineup against the Houston Astros Friday night after being arrested early Friday morning and charged with drink-driving.
It was the fifth game in a row that Ozuna was not in the lineup for the Braves as the two-time All-Star struggled at the plate this season.
Ozuna was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and failing to keep his lane early Friday morning, according to CBS 46 News in Atlanta.
Ozuna was admitted to Gwinnett County Jail and was released on bail, according to the report.
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In an arrest report obtained by the channel, Ozuna admitted to having drunk “like three or four” beers and refused to take a breath test.
Ozuna briefly spoke to reporters prior to Atlanta’s game against Houston without asking questions.
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“I disappointed my team,” he said. “I have disappointed my family. I have nothing more to say. It is a legal matter.”
It is the second time in the past 15 months that Ozuna has been in trouble with the law. Ozuna was arrested on charges of the battery and aggravated assault by strangulation in May 2021 after police said they saw him choking his wife. Those charges were later reduced to felony family violence.
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Ozuna was posted to administrative leave by Major League Baseball and was retroactively banned 20 games in November for violation of baseball’s domestic violence policy.
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“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all the facts regarding 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 not comment further until the process is completed.”
Ozuna is in the second year of a $65 million four-year contract with the Braves, hitting .214 with 46 RBI’s and 20 home runs in 107 games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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