Braves’ Marcell Ozuna expresses disappointment after arrest for DUI

Braves’ Marcell Ozuna expresses disappointment after arrest for DUI

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Atlanta Braves outfielder and batsman-designate Marcell Ozuna was not in the lineup against the Houston Astros Friday night after he was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

It was the fifth straight game that Ozuna was not in the lineup for the Braves as the two-time All-Star has struggled at the plate this season.

Atlanta Braves' Marcell Ozuna, right, and William Contreras in the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on August 19, 2022 in Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna, right, and William Contreras in the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on August 19, 2022 in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ozuna was arrested in Atlanta for allegedly driving under the influence and not maintaining his lane early Friday morning, according to CBS 46 News.

Ozuna was reportedly jailed in Gwinnett County Jail and released on bail.

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In an arrest report available to the network, Ozuna admitted to drinking “like three or four” beers and declined a breath test.

Ozuna spoke briefly to reporters before the Atlanta-Houston game without asking any questions.

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“I let my team down,” he said. “I let my family down. I do not have anything to say in addition. It is a legal matter.”

Marcell Ozuna, left, of the Atlanta Braves reacts after knocking out in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park on August 13, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Marcell Ozuna, left, of the Atlanta Braves reacts after striking in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Fla. on August 13, 2022 (Bryan Cereijo/Getty Images).

It’s the second time in the past 15 months that Ozuna has had a run-in with the law. Ozuna was arrested in May 2021 for assault and aggravated assault by strangulation after police officers said they saw him choke his wife. These charges were later reduced to family crimes.

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Ozuna was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and retrospectively suspended for 20 games in November for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Atlanta designated hitter Marcell Ozuna in the dugout during a game against the Houston Astros on August 19, 2022 at Truist Park in Atlanta.

Atlanta designated hitter Marcell Ozuna in the dugout during a game against the Houston Astros on August 19, 2022 at Truist Park in Atlanta. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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“The Atlanta Braves are aware of the arrest of Marcell Ozuna this morning and are still gathering full facts on the incident,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization takes these matters very seriously and (we) are obviously disappointed with the situation. As this is a legal matter we will not comment further until the process is complete.”

Ozuna is in the second year of a four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves and is .214 with 46 RBIs and 20 homers in 107 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Joe Morgan is a sports reporter for Fox News.