An outfielder for the Atlanta Braves has been accused of strangling and threatening the life of his wife, who said he regularly abuses her.
30-year-old Marcell Ozuna, aka “The Big Bear,” has played professional baseball since 2013. He is currently an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
Ozuna and his wife got married in the Dominican Republic, and they have three children together.
The couple, who reside in Sandy Springs, has always reportedly had a tumultuous relationship.
In 2020, Ozuna’s wife was charged with domestic violence after allegedly throwing a soap dish and injuring him during an argument. She was later cleared of the allegations.
On May 30, Ozuna and his significant other were reportedly having a dispute over his alleged assumption that she was cheating on him. He allegedly took two cell phones away from his wife and refused to return them before threatening to kill her.
The woman reportedly grabbed Ozuna’s phone and called 911 for help.
Ozuna allegedly fled out of the home, and his wife locked the door. The man reportedly got back into the house through the garage.
The alleged victim got a kitchen knife, and Ozuna reportedly continued verbally abusing her.
Using the cast he has on his currently injured arm, Ozuna allegedly hit his wife in the back of the head and caused her to drop the phone. He reportedly continued to hit her, and when the police arrived they said Ozuna was strangling the woman up against a wall.
The officers noted that the alleged victim had injuries that looked like they were caused by the type of assault she described.
Ozuna was placed under arrest and booked into the Fulton County Jail. He is facing charges for suspicion of felony aggravated assault strangulation, and misdemeanor family violence.
According to news outlets, Ozuna’s baseball career may be negatively impacted by the allegations.
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