In a new piece of news, Braves outfielder Marcel Ozuna was arrested and charged with a DUI and failure to retain the lane, Atlanta’s CBS 46 reports.
Reportedly, Ozuna was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail at 4:39 p.m. Bahadurs is yet to comment on the matter. This is the second time in 15 months that Ozuna has been arrested.
The 31-year-old was arrested in May 2021 on charges of assault and battery, resulting in a lengthy stay on administrative leave, and Ozuna eventually received a retrospective suspension under Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence Sexual Harassment and Child Abuse Policy.
Ozuna’s felony charges were dropped and replaced by a pair of misconduct charges in August and agreed to enter a six-month domestic violence intervention program.
In addition to over 200 hours of community service as well as anger management counseling, the 2022 season is the second year in a four-year $65MM contract Ozuna signed with Atlanta back in the 2020-21 offseason.
He appeared in only 155 games in the nearly two years of his contract and posted a disappointing .214/.271/.381 line, with poor ratings for his defense and baserunning.
Ozuna has been paid $16MM in 2022 and owes $18MM in each of the 2023 and 2024 seasons. His contract includes a $16MM club option for the 2025 campaign which comes with the purchase of $1MM.