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Atlanta fans boo Ozuna in first game since arrest

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Warriors slugger Marcel O. Zuner was booed by the Atlanta home crowd on Sunday. The veteran outfielder made his first appearance since a DUI arrest.

Ozuna was booked early Friday and released on bail later that morning. This is Ozuna’s second arrest in as many years, and he was also arrested in May 2021 on aggravated assault charges with strangulation and battery after police said they witnessed him assault his wife. The charges were dropped after he completed a pretrial transfer program.

Ozuna, Atlanta’s No. 8 hitter against the Houston Astros, was booed at Truist Park before he batted the first Sunday of the second inning . The boos grew louder after Ozuna’s strikeout on Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy.

Ozuna was booed again after another strikeout against Urquidy in the fifth inning. He was picked up by spiker Eddie Rosario late in the game and ended 2-0 in the Warriors’ 5-4 loss.

“I don’t want Eddie, with his hamstring, to play. Ronald [Acuna] is going to DH, so we have to have someone on the left,” Warriors manager Buzz Ryan Snitek said after the game why he started Ozuna. “I told Marcel he’s a part of this team. He’s going to play left field… He’s on our team now, he’s a part of our team. We’ll make it as needed. He played.”

When Ozuna was asked after the game if he was annoyed or motivated by the boos, he said his reaction was the latter.

“It’s an incentive. Just don’t listen to what they’re saying, keep your head up and do your best,” he said.

The game marked Ozuna’s first appearance since Aug. 14, who has not played in the first six of Atlanta’s seven home games. Sniteke said Friday that he spoke with Ozuna, but did not provide details about their conversation. Snitker said he doesn’t know if Ozuna will face a suspension. situation,” but declined to comment further, citing the current legal situation. Ozuna did not answer questions on Friday, but issued a brief statement to reporters, saying he had “let down my team” and “disappointed my family.”

Ozuna, 31, is signing a $65 million four-year deal in his third season in Atlanta and his second. He hit .338 in 2020 and finished with 18 Leading the National League in home runs and 56 RBIs, but two straight seasons below .215.

Ozuna entered Sunday with 20 homers and a .214 batting average for the season 46 RBIs – Substandard production resulted in reduced minutes even before arrest on Friday.

Ozuna in MLB after 2021 arrest Was placed on administrative leave while under investigation and missed the World Series championship game in Atlanta. He was suspended for 20 games in November under MLB’s domestic violence policy. The suspension is retroactive to September 10 and covers the 2021 regular season The final 24 days, allowing him to return to the field at the start of the season.

Charges that led to the previous dismissal included three to six months of supervision, 24 weeks of domestic violence intervention program, at least 200 hours of community service and anger management classes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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