Marcell Ozuna made an appearance in Fulton County Magistrate Court Monday where he was released from custody after posting a $20,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with his wife. He did not answer questions from the media after he was released. Ozuna’s lawyers said that Ozuna and his wife Genesis are in the process of divorce.
The was the first step in what will likely be a lengthy process for Ozuna who is facing the potential for considerable jail time if convicted. His baseball career is uncertain as well. Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into the incident that could take several months to play out. Ozuna went on the injured list earlier this week and was expected to miss at least six weeks. No suspension from the league would likely start until Ozuna was healthy enough to resume playing.
Since his arrest, there has been many calls for the Braves to release him and some confusion over whether they would be required to pay the remainder of the four-year, $65 million deal that he signed this past offseason. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal laid out the reasons that the Braves likely won’t be able to void Ozuna’s contract.
No team has even attempted to terminate the contract of any of the 13 players previously suspended for domestic violence, knowing efforts to convert guaranteed money into non-guaranteed in other situations have rarely resulted in anything more than partial success.
But unless Ozuna pleads guilty or serves time in jail, the Braves almost certainly will be obligated to pay him any money he is owed beyond a possible suspension.
If the league does suspend Ozuna, then that could begin an uncomfortable period of uncertainty for the Braves as they try to determine how to proceed. There will be pressure to cut ties with him, but as Rosenthal points out, there are several examples around the league where players were suspended for domestic violence and not released because their teams were unwilling to cut ties with them and pay them. Names such as Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German, Roberto Ozuna and Odubel Herrera are examples.
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