Marcell Ozuna is not having a fun 2021. Not at all. He’s struggled at the plate for an Atlanta Braves team that is batting injuries (who isn’t nowadays?). They were relying on him to help carry them, but his 71 OPS+ has been well under his norm. He’s also suffered his own calamities, the latest when he broke two of his fingers sliding into a base. His season is not going as anyone pictured.
Oh, and now he might be going to jail for strangling his wife.
Aggravated Assault by Strangulation
Ozuna was charged with felony assault after he was arrested yesterday afternoon at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Officers allegedly saw him strike his wife with his casted hand and push her up against the wall by her neck. This type of felony carries a sentence between three and…wait for it…20 years in prison. And it gets worse. According to Georgia’s Family Violence Act, the victim cannot drop the charges once they’ve been submitted to prosecutors. There is pretty much nothing Ozuna’s wife can do to help him, if she even wishes to do so. Marcell Ozuna’s domestic violence incident has landed him in some deep, deep shit.
It appears Marcell and his wife, Genesis, have a rocky relationship, especially when there are arguments. Genesis has had her own run-in with the law. She was charged with domestic battery a little less than a year ago for throwing a soap dish at Marcell’s head, causing minor injuries. A year later, her husband appears to have taken these issues to the next level, and it might signal the end of his professional baseball career.
Manfred Will Come Down Hard
I expect the most severe punishment MLB has ever handed down, short of a lifetime ban (which is also a possibility). This is the most cut-and-dry case I can remember. With the present social climate for this type of thing, Commissioner Rob Manfred will be rightly pressured to hit Marcell Ozuna with a record-breaking suspension.
I don’t think he comes back from this. Marcell Ozuna has made a lot of money in his professional baseball career, and I hope he gets the help he needs once he’s a free man again. But as a 30-year-old in the midst of his worst season, now facing potential jail time and an enormous MLB suspension, I think we’ve seen the last of Marcell Ozuna on a big league ball field. Time will tell, however. Rob Manfred has some big decisions to make.