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Bodycam footage shows Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna strangling his wife before May arrest

Newly released police body camera footage shows Atlanta Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna choking his wife moments before his domestic violence arrest in May.

Ozuna was arrested May 29 on charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery after police officers said they witnessed him attacking his wife, Genesis. The newly released body camera footage corroborates officers’ statements.

‘Get your hands off her,’ one officer can be heard yelling at Ozuna, who is seen with one hand around the woman’s neck. ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground!’

Ozuna quickly dropped his hand and raised his arms in the air as an officer drew his taser. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ozuna then complied with an order to get down with his chest on the floor.

‘He was actively chocking her when I walked up,’ the first responding officer told an arriving colleague.

Officers ordered the Dominican native to put his hands behind his back, which he did with some difficulty because he had a cast over his left hand following a thumb injury.

Another man, who is unidentified, can also be seen in the footage. 

Ozuna was placed on administrative leave after his arrest and was retroactively suspended 20 games this week, which will cost him $1.5 million of his $12 million salary. 

Recently he’s been playing for Gigantes del Cibao in his native Dominican Republic, but he’ll be eligible to return to the defending champion Braves when Major League Baseball’s ongoing lockout ends. 

The officer's arm partially blocked the camera as he approached Osuna's home in Georgia

Newly released police body camera footage shows Atlanta Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna (in black) choking his wife Genesis (in white) moments before his domestic violence arrest in May. The officer’s arm partially blocked the camera as he approached Osuna’s front door

Marcell Ozuna, 30, was booked in Fulton County (Georgia) Jail on charges of aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor family violence. He is due back in court in January

Marcell Ozuna, 30, was booked in Fulton County (Georgia) Jail on charges of aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor family violence. He is due back in court in January

'Get your hands off her,' one officer can be heard yelling at Ozuna, who is seen with one hand around the woman's neck. 'Get on the ground! Get on the ground!' Ozuna (in black) quickly dropped his hand and raised his arms in the air as an officer drew his taser

‘Get your hands off her,’ one officer can be heard yelling at Ozuna, who is seen with one hand around the woman’s neck. ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground!’ Ozuna (in black) quickly dropped his hand and raised his arms in the air as an officer drew his taser

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ozuna (in black) then complied with an order to get down with his chest on the floor. Another man, who is unidentified, can also be seen in the footage.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ozuna (in black) then complied with an order to get down with his chest on the floor. Another man, who is unidentified, can also be seen in the footage.

Police found bruising on Gensis’s body and although there were no red marks on her neck, ‘the strangulation was witnessed by an officer,’ according to the affidavit. The argument originated over alleged infidelities, police say, although the specifics of the disagreement remain unclear.

Genesis told police that she was showering when he took both of her mobile phones and refused to return them. It was then that Ozuna allegedly threatened to kill her and she responded by using his phone to dial 911.

‘He threatened to kill her and she threatened to call 911,’ read the affidavit. ‘She took his cellphone from a table and called 911.’

Genesis chased Ozuna outside the couple’s home at one point, where he allegedly told her in Spanish that he was ‘not going to hit her harder because the police were en route,’ according to the affidavit.

She then went back inside, locking the door behind her, and continued talking to the 911 dispatcher.

However, Ozuna managed to re-enter the house through the garage, which is when Genesis says she armed herself with a kitchen knife.

‘She told the 911 operator that said accused was coming back and grabbed a large kitchen knife from a drawer,’ read the arrest affidavit. ‘Accused re-entered the house via the garage door and into the kitchen where she was. He continued to yell and verbally abuse her.’

Genesis told police that if he came any closer ‘she was going to hurt him.’

She said that she feared for her life because Ozuna had been ‘physically abusive’ with her in the past and was displaying ‘aggressive behavior’ at the time of the altercation.

Ozuna and his wife, Genesis, were involved in a 2020 altercation that resulted in her arrest

Ozuna and his wife, Genesis, were involved in a 2020 altercation that resulted in her arrest 

Genesis told police that she dropped the knife at one point in an attempt to retrieve her cell phones from Ozuna, but only managed to grab him by the waistband of his pants as he held the mobile devices out of her reach.

It was then, she claimed, that Ozuna struck her in the back of the head with his right hand and his left arm, the latter of which was covered in a cast from a previous injury.

‘Accused then brought his hand down and punched her in the back of the hands with the cell phones (that he held in his right hand),’ read the arrest affidavit. ‘Accused then pushed his left hand and forearm (which was in a hard cast) against victim’s face pushing her back and mushing her in the face with it several times. ‘

She said he then began strangling her.

‘Victim stated that said accused grabbed her by her throat by wrapping his fingers around,’ the arrest affidavit continued. ‘He then held her up against the wall, preventing her from breathing.’

He later admitted taking her phones and acknowledged that the argument had turned physical. Ozuna told police that he did push her to the ground, adding that she threatened him with a knife and later threw a garden light at him.

Ozuna’s sequence of events changed when he gave a second statement, according to police.

The Ozunas frequently post pictures of themselves on social media, such as this Christmas pic

The Ozunas frequently post pictures of themselves on social media, such as this Christmas pic

Genesis did reportedly show signs that she was physically attacked.

‘[Police observed] several purple and red bruises on back of victim’s hand consistent with trauma to the back of her hands,’ read the affidavit. ‘In addition to that, she had redness on her right forearm, consistent with being pushed and tossed around as described above.

‘Upon arrival, I noticed redness on the left side of her forehead. Although there were no marks on her neck, the strangulation was witnessed by an officer.’

This was not the first time police have been called during an altercation between Ozuna and Genesis.

A year ago, Genesis was arrested in Miami for domestic battery after allegedly hitting him with a soap dish, leaving Ozuna with a facial laceration.

Genesis Ozuna's mugshot photo from Miami-Dade county jail on May 29

A year ago, Genesis was arrested in Miami for domestic battery after allegedly hitting Ozuna with a soap dish, leaving the Dominican-born slugger with a facial laceration. Genesis is seen here in her 2020 mugshot

The couple has three children: two girls and a boy.

After being placed on administrative leave, Ozuna was retroactively suspended 20 games this week. The ban will cost him $1.5 million of his $12 million salary.

‘Having reviewed the totality of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Ozuna violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate,’ baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Ozuna did not play after May 25 and went on the injured list May 29 with two dislocated fingers on his left hand, missing the Braves’ run to their first World Series title since 1995.

‘Any instance of domestic violence is unacceptable, and we fully support the decision by the commissioner’s office regarding Marcell,’ the Braves said in a statement. ‘We are encouraged to know that Marcell has accepted full responsibility for his actions and is taking the necessary measures to learn and grow from the situation.’ 

Ozuna is entering the second season of a $65 million, four-year contract with the Braves.

Fulton County District Attorney’s office spokesman Jeff DiSantis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that charges against Ozuna can be dropped if Ozuna completes the conditions of a pretrial diversion program he agreed to on September 9.

The conditions include six months of supervision that can be reduced to three months. Ozuna also was ordered to complete a 24-week family violence intervention program, complete at least 200 hours of community service and take an anger management course.

Ozuna’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 13.

Ozuna (left), a two-time All-Star, signed a four-year, $65 million deal with the Braves prior to the season. He has earned nearly $50 million in his career, according to spotrac.com

Ozuna (left), a two-time All-Star, signed a four-year, $65 million deal with the Braves prior to the season. He has earned nearly $50 million in his career, according to spotrac.com


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