Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna threatened to kill his wife before calling 911 on Saturday, when Georgia police arrived at the couple’s home and reportedly found him strangling her, according to an affidavit.
The reported threat was disclosed in the arrest statement obtained by the Atlanta station WSB-TV. A police spokesman in Silver Springs, Georgia, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for the affidavit.
Police found bruises on Ozuna’s wife, Genesis, and while there were no red marks on her neck, “the strangulation was seen by an officer,” the affidavit said. The argument stemmed from alleged infidelity, police say, although details of the disagreement remain unclear.
Ozuna, 30, was charged to Fulton County, Georgia, on charges of aggravated assault, strangulation and felony within the family. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Major League Baseball is reviewing the matter, but no suspension has been announced by the commissioner’s office.
Marcell Ozuna, 30, was charged to Fulton County, Georgia, on charges of aggravated assault, strangulation and felony in the family. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted
Ozuna and his wife, Genesis, were involved in a 2020 altercation that resulted in her arrest
Genesis told police she was taking a shower when he took both cell phones from her and refused to return them. It was then that Ozuna allegedly threatened to kill her and she responded by using his phone to call the emergency number.
“He threatened to kill her and she threatened to call the emergency number,” the affidavit said. “She picked up his cell phone from a table and called emergency number.”
Genesis chased Ozuna outside the couple’s home at one point, where he reportedly told her in Spanish that he “ wouldn’t hit harder because the police were on their way, ” the affidavit said.
She then went back in, locked the door behind her, and kept talking to the emergency call center.
Ozuna, however, managed to re-enter the house through the garage, and that’s when Genesis says she armed herself with a kitchen knife.
“She told the emergency call operator that the suspect was returning and took a large kitchen knife from a drawer,” read the arrest statement. Suspect came back into the house through the garage door and into the kitchen where she was. He kept shouting and cursing her. ‘
Genesis told police that if he got closer, “she would hurt him.”
She said she feared for her life because Ozuna had been ‘physically abused’ with her in the past and displayed ‘aggressive behavior’ at the time of the altercation.
Genesis told police that at one point she dropped the knife in an attempt to get her cell phones out of Ozuna, but he only managed to grab him by the waistband of his pants while keeping the mobile devices out of her reach .
It was then, she claims, that Ozuna hit her with his right hand and left arm in the back of the head, the latter of which was covered with a plaster cast from a previous injury.
“ The accused then lowered his hand and hit her in the back of the hands with the cell phones (which he held in his right hand), ” read the affidavit of the arrest. The accused then pushed his left hand and forearm (which in a hard throw) pushed against the victim’s face, pushing her back and pushing her in the face several times. ‘
She claims he then started strangling her.
“The victim stated that the accused grabbed her by the throat by wrapping his fingers around it,” the affidavit of the arrest continued. “He then held her up to the wall, preventing her from breathing.”
Ozuna reportedly stopped attacking Genesis when the police entered the house.
He later admitted to grabbing her phones and acknowledging that the fight had turned physical. Ozuna told police that he pushed her to the ground, adding that she threatened him with a knife and later sent a garden light to him.
Ozuna’s sequence of events changed, according to police, when he made a second statement.
Genesis reportedly showed signs of being physically attacked.
‘[Police observed] several purple and red bruises on the back of the victim’s hand, consistent with trauma to the back of her hands, ”the affidavit read. In addition, she had redness on her right forearm, which is consistent with being pushed around and thrown as described above.
Upon arrival, I saw redness on the left side of her forehead. Although there were no marks on her neck, the strangulation was seen by an officer. ‘
This is not the first time that the police have been called during an altercation between Ozuna and Genesis.
A year ago, Genesis was arrested in Miami for a household battery after allegedly hitting him with a soap dish, leaving the Dominican-born butcher with a crack in the face.
The couple have three children: two girls and a boy.
Oddly enough, Ozuna continued to make loving posts on social media about his wife after the incident in 2020.
A 2020 post on his Instagram account showed a gold chain with a charm made to look like a pair. The male figure on the necklace has ‘Marcell’ inscribed, while the female is adorned with ‘Genesis’.
“You and I,” read the caption, translated from Spanish. “So you can always wear it on your chest.”
Ozuna, a two-time All-Star, signed a four-year $ 65 million deal with the Braves ahead of the season. According to spotrac.com, he has made nearly $ 50 million in his career.
The Braves released a statement on the arrest on Saturday.
“We learned earlier tonight that Marcell Ozuna has been arrested and immediately notified the commissioner’s office,” the Braves said in a statement. The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, which fully emphasizes that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form.
“Until the investigation is completed, we have no further comments and all inquiries into the matter should be referred to the Commissioner’s office.”