New police video has emerged of Atlanta Braves star outfielder Marcell Ozuna choking his wife before he was arrested for domestic battery this past May.
Ozuna was arrested on May 29 in Sandy Springs, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, and charged with two counts of domestic battery.
Police said that, in addition to choking his wife, Ozuna hit her with his cast and threatened to kill her.
Video from Sandy Springs police body cams obtained by TMZ shows Ozuna grabbing his girlfriend by the neck as the cops entered the residence.
“Take your hands off her. Get on the ground!” an officer yells at Ozuna in the video.
Initially charged with felony aggravated assault by strangulation, Ozuna ultimately was charged with misdemeanor family violence and entered a pretrial diversion program. He had to complete 200 hours of community service and anger management counseling.
Earlier this week, MLB gave Ozuna a 20-game suspension. It is retroactive to time served, which means he is eligible to return to the Braves for the start of the 2022 season. Ozuna missed time on administrative leave last season as MLB investigated the incident.
Ozuna, 31, led the National League in the COVID-shortened 2020 season with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs. Last offseason, he signed a four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves.