It has been approximately two months since Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested for a domestic violence incident at his home on May 29. There had been no news on how his case was progressing until today
Amy Dash of Fox Sports Radio and SportsTalkATL’s Jake Gordon report that after reviewing bodycam video, prosecutors have decided not to charge Ozuna with felony aggravated assault and will instead charge him with two misdemeanors. The report adds that Ozuna’s representation and the district attorney’s office are in talks for a plea deal and Ozuna is due back in court on August 10.
However, a spokesman for the Sandy Springs police department told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was “unaware the charges had been dropped” and referred further questions to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.
If true, this may provide a greater chance that Ozuna will avoid jail time, but it doesn’t mean that he will escape without punishment from Major League Baseball. The Athletic’s David O’Brien reported Thursday that the league’s investigation into the matter was ongoing and taking time because the legal case was moving slowly. A suspension by the league seems like a certainty at this point and it remains to be seen how the Braves will choose to handle the situation after the league’s punishment is handed out.
Ozuna remains on the injured list where he has been since May 28 due to two fractured fingers.