Marcell Ozuna booed by Atlanta Braves followers in first sport since DUI arrest

Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna was booed by the Atlanta house crowd Sunday within the veteran outfielder’s first look since being arrested on a driving beneath the affect cost.

Ozuna was booked early Friday and launched on bond later that morning. It was the second arrest in as a few years for Ozuna, who additionally was arrested in Might 2021 on prices of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery after law enforcement officials stated they witnessed him attacking his spouse. These prices have been dropped after he accomplished a pretrial diversion program.

Ozuna, the No. 8 hitter in Atlanta’s lineup in opposition to the Houston Astros, was greeted with a smattering of boos at Truist Park earlier than his first at-bat within the second inning Sunday. The boos have been a lot louder after Ozuna struck out in opposition to Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy.

Ozuna was booed once more after one other strikeout in opposition to Urquidy within the fifth inning.

The sport marked the primary look since Aug. 14 for Ozuna, who didn’t play within the first six video games of Atlanta’s seven-game homestand. Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated Friday that he spoke to Ozuna however didn’t present particulars about their dialog. Snitker stated he did not know whether or not Ozuna will face a suspension.

The Braves issued an announcement Friday after Ozuna’s arrest, saying the “organization takes these matters very seriously and are obviously disappointed by the situation” however declining additional remark, citing the continued authorized state of affairs. Ozuna didn’t take questions Friday and made a quick assertion to reporters, saying he “disappointed my team” and “disappointed my family.”

Ozuna, 31, is in his third season in Atlanta and within the second 12 months of a $65 million, four-year contract. He batted .338 and led the Nationwide League with 18 house runs and 56 RBIs in 2020 however has dropped under .215 for 2 consecutive seasons.

Ozuna entered Sunday batting .214 with 20 homers and 46 RBIs this season — substandard manufacturing that led to lowered taking part in time even earlier than Friday’s arrest.

Following his 2021 arrest, Ozuna was positioned on administrative depart throughout an MLB investigation and missed Atlanta’s World Collection championship run. He was then suspended for 20 video games beneath its home violence coverage in November. The suspension was retroactive to Sept. 10 and lined the ultimate 24 days of the 2021 common season, permitting him to return for the beginning of this season.

Ozuna’s pretrial diversion program, which led to the earlier prices being dropped, included 3-6 months of supervision, a 24-week household violence intervention program, no less than 200 hours of neighborhood service and an anger administration course.

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.