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Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna arrested after he choked wife and threw her against a wall, according to police in Georgia

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested Saturday and charged with felony assault after he choked his wife and threw her against a wall, according to Sandy Springs, Georgia, police who said they witnessed the incident.

Police charged the 30-year-old Ozuna, who is being held in Fulton County jail, with aggravated assault by strangulation—a felony that carries a minimum of three years and maximum of 20 years in prison—and misdemeanor battery.

The details of the alleged assault put into question Ozuna’s future in baseball, with sources telling ESPN that Major League Baseball will launch an investigation that could result in a significant suspension. Further, sources said, the police’s reported witnessing of the incident could prompt the Braves to attempt to convert Ozuna’s four-year, $65 million contract to non-guaranteed.

At 12:26 p.m. Saturday, Sandy Springs police responded to a 911 call and entered Ozuna’s home after hearing screaming inside, according to the department’s account of the incident. Officers, the release said, “witnessed the suspect grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her against a wall. ... In addition to the strangulation attempts, the suspect also struck the victim with his arm which had a cast from a previous injury.”

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   1. The Duke Posted: May 30, 2021 at 12:25 PM (#6021575)
Most of the history in the MLB on this has been like that in real life “he said, she Said” with murky witness statements. Here you have multiple police (likely with body cams ) witnessing the events in detail.

Putting the baseball issue aside, the police will not need the wife to make their case. The charges bring a minimum of 3 years if convicted. At some point, not sure when, he will have violated his US visa requirements and will, I assume, be subject to deportation.

With that as a backdrop, I would expect a multi-year suspension, if not outright ban. Having said that, taking away the Ozunas means of income likely puts her more at risk over time so maybe they give him a pathway back after a couple years subject to various stringent conditions. The fact that he’s also been a victim of DV will complicate their decision as well.
   2. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: May 30, 2021 at 01:14 PM (#6021578)
Ozuna has earned $50M+ in his career. If he's been smart (questionable), generations of Ozunas should never have to work a 9-5 job.

He can afford a good defense attorney and probably pleads down to a lesser charge with no jail time. But I imagine he's done for 2021 and I wonder what contractual clauses the Braves might have to get out of what is now an albatross.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: May 30, 2021 at 01:47 PM (#6021579)
I would guess he doesn't play this year while the investigation is ongoing and then at most gets suspended for next season.
   4. 57i66135 right now is attacking rest Posted: May 30, 2021 at 02:26 PM (#6021581)
I would guess he doesn't play this year while the investigation is ongoing and then at most gets suspended for next season.
it's been 2 years (and a few days) since odubel herrera was arrested for domestic violence in an atlantic city casino. he's starting in CF for the phillies today.
   5. The Duke Posted: May 30, 2021 at 03:36 PM (#6021587)
There’s likely police-can video of Ozuna bashing his wife with his casted hand - in what world do you think the MLB can let him take the field again? It will eventually surface.
   6. The Duke Posted: May 30, 2021 at 04:04 PM (#6021590)
https://www.wsbradio.com/news/local/new-details-braves-star-marcell-ozuna-threatened-kill-his-wife-affidavit-says/P2ZUX4EBHNH55DTSL3AXIYDMG4/

New info and it’s worse
   7. JJ1986 Posted: May 30, 2021 at 06:43 PM (#6021604)
I could see him never playing again - Roberto Osuna couldn't find a deal - but I have a real hard time seeing him get a lifetime ban.
   8. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: May 30, 2021 at 07:46 PM (#6021607)
Given these details, he's definitely going to get Manfred's harshest DV suspension... unless I'm forgetting someone. I think 81 games is the floor.
   9. RJ in TO Posted: May 30, 2021 at 08:04 PM (#6021611)
I could see him never playing again - Roberto Osuna couldn't find a deal - but I have a real hard time seeing him get a lifetime ban.
Keep in mind Osuna was told he needed Tommy John late last year, and instead opted to go the rest and rehab route. If he was healthy, someone would have signed him.
   10. JRVJ Posted: May 30, 2021 at 08:08 PM (#6021612)
I doubt Ozuna will be back in 2021, and probably not even in 2022, especially if convicted.
   11. sunday silence (again) Posted: May 30, 2021 at 10:59 PM (#6021629)
what rights does ATL have to redo the contract? If Ozuna is out say this season and next can he finish out the remainder of his contract? Or perhaps he has violated a morals clause in the contract, which would render the rest of it void. That seems quite likely
   12. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 30, 2021 at 11:07 PM (#6021630)
The Astros will find a place for him.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:56 AM (#6021653)
what rights does ATL have to redo the contract?

Well, if they're lucky, and justice is done, Ozuna will be playing in the Georgia State Penal League on a 5 year contract, and they won't have to pay anything.

Edit: In any case, if he's convicted of a violent crime, isn't his visa voided? Based on the facts currently available, I don't think the Braves will ever pay him another penny.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:59 AM (#6021654)
Given these details, he's definitely going to get Manfred's harshest DV suspension... unless I'm forgetting someone. I think 81 games is the floor.

I think 81 is remarkably light. This isn't he said, she said, the cops saw him do it. 81 games would be a slap on the wrist, a year would be the minimum, and I think that's light. Two years is the least I wouldn't complain about.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: May 31, 2021 at 12:39 PM (#6021661)
I guess he gets a long suspension, and then never gets plays again. I think he follows the Ray Rice path.
   16. bookbook Posted: May 31, 2021 at 03:05 PM (#6021678)
I almost don’t care. Baseball has decades of domestic abuse problems, among its players and its coaches. They need to figure out what the heck is wrong. And fix it.
   17. The Duke Posted: May 31, 2021 at 03:08 PM (#6021679)
The easiest answer for everyone here is to get him deported. Then they don’t have to deal with the messy issue of taking on the union for voiding contract. I can’t see any answer where he escapes punishment that would be a violation of his visa obligations. In the meantime, he should get an immediate suspension which buys them time to get a court result.

Rosenthal up with an article that seemingly says the Braves will ultimately take him back or trade him. That seems ludicrous. He’ll never play for them or anyone again - only question will be if he gets paid Some or all of the contract and I’m betting on them paying him very little.

When the body cam video comes out this will all be over
   18. Paul d mobile Posted: May 31, 2021 at 03:20 PM (#6021680)
I almost don’t care. Baseball has decades of domestic abuse problems, among its players and its coaches. They need to figure out what the heck is wrong. And fix it.

I'm curious if this is true. Does baseball have a problem, or does society have a problem?
   19. bunyon Posted: May 31, 2021 at 05:12 PM (#6021681)
Agree with 18. This is society wide but gets press because of celebrity and that it appears to be more tolerable (to society) to have working stiffs beating their wives than entertainers.

At the same time, it shone dealt with everywhere, which means, here, too.

If the league won’t suspend him and if the authorities don’t punish him, hard to ask the Braves to wat that money. But they should even so.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 05:34 PM (#6021682)
Agree with 18. This is society wide but gets press because of celebrity and that it appears to be more tolerable (to society) to have working stiffs beating their wives than entertainers.

Agree it's society wide, and it's really complicated. This is not just good for nothing strunzs beating on their put upon wives. Studies of domestic violence show it's very often two unstable and violent people who hook up. The violence is often reciprocal, or even more frequently initiated by the woman, but women end up being badly hurt and killed far more often because of the strength disparity.

It's a mess. Here's a decent survey article.

https://time.com/2921491/hope-solo-women-violence/
   21. Brian C Posted: May 31, 2021 at 06:06 PM (#6021685)
I almost don’t care.

That seems pretty obvious. Weird flex though.
   22. sunday silence (again) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 09:24 PM (#6021714)
The atlantic is reporting that the braves can't void the contract. The article behind a paywall so I don't know the details
   23. 57i66135 right now is attacking rest Posted: May 31, 2021 at 09:32 PM (#6021715)
Agree it's society wide, and it's really complicated.
on a related note:
Preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School have uncovered the remains of 215 children buried at the site, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said Thursday.
...
"To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths," Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir said in the statement.

"Some were as young as three years old."
...
The Kamloops Indian Residential School was in operation from 1890 to 1969, when the federal government took over administration from the Catholic Church to operate it as a residence for a day school, until closing in 1978.
...
She said "massive ongoing problems" with historical records, including those "held by certain Catholic entities that they will not release" have made it very hard to understand accurately what happened.


   24. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 01, 2021 at 12:34 AM (#6021740)
#23

Your link is borked and goes nowhere.
   25. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 01:40 AM (#6021747)
#22 I guess the example most on point would be LaMarr Hoyt -- when the Padres weren't allowed to void Hoyt's contract even after he'd been sentenced to prison.

George Nicolau wrote the following when discussing several rulings that went against MLB.

"Normally, off-duty conduct is the business of the employer only under certain limited circumstances - when it can be shown by credible evidence that the conduct directly injures the product or reputation of the business, where fellow workers reasonably refuse to work with the alleged miscreant, where the behavior renders the employee unable to perform his duties or appear at work, like being in jail, or where the conduct clearly breaches an employee's duty of loyalty to the employer.

All of this, sometimes referred to as the "vital nexus" requirement, recognizes that employers are not the guardians of the public weal or the ultimate censor of their employees' off-premises behavior, nor are they society's chosen enforcers."

And of particular import later on:

"employers of athletes should be held to the same standard as other employers - prudent, responsible decision-making considerate of all the circumstances. Some may say that I have held the Commissioner to a higher standard than that of an ordinary employer. The fact is that a Commissioner is not an employer, at least of players or managers, even though some Commissioners think they are. As stated in Howe: (where he found Vincent's ruling "fundamentally unfair" --RNJ)

what bears repeating... is that the Commissioner does not stand in the isolated position of an individual employer. He can bar the employment of a player at any level of the game regardless of the opinion or wishes of any one of a great number of potential employers. That is an awesome power. With it comes a heavy responsibility, especially when that power is exercised unilaterally and not as the result of a collectively bargained agreement as to the level of sanctions to be imposed for particular actions."

(Article's no longer online. Anybody who's interested might have some luck via the wayback machine. It was in Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal -- Fall, 1999)

Now this doesn't make things open and shut. The Braves can (and will) argue that the conduct does in fact damage their business. But arbitrators have in the past been very skeptical of these arguments. You never know. I've been surprised by some of the rulings in recent years. Still, the fact that players with domestic violence arrests have been employed works against any voiding.

And yeah. I get that this is unambiguous and unusually bad. Might matter. Might get him convicted and removed from the US and if he can't play for legal reasons he won't get paid.
   26. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 01, 2021 at 02:05 AM (#6021748)
What was the situation as far as the Pirates paying Jung-ho Kang in 2017 when he missed the season due to getting his 3rd DUI conviction in Korea and being denied a work permit for the US? He was in the middle of four-year deal with the Pirates at the time. Did they have to pay him, or did his inability to get a work permit for legal reasons mean they didn't have to?
   27. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 08:15 AM (#6021756)
IANAL but I find it hard to imagine that the Braves will be able to void the contract. The league has a specific policy to address domestic violence; trying to punish him above and beyond that will be difficult.
   28. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:14 AM (#6021765)
IANAL but I find it hard to imagine that the Braves will be able to void the contract. The league has a specific policy to address domestic violence; trying to punish him above and beyond that will be difficult.

If he's in jail, or deported, they don't have to. If he can't show up, he can't get paid.
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:34 AM (#6021766)

What was the situation as far as the Pirates paying Jung-ho Kang in 2017 when he missed the season due to getting his 3rd DUI conviction in Korea and being denied a work permit for the US? He was in the middle of four-year deal with the Pirates at the time. Did they have to pay him, or did his inability to get a work permit for legal reasons mean they didn't have to?


They didn't have to pay him for 2017, although I don't know if they did or not. He was on the restricted list and didn't count against the roster. He got a work visa for 2018.
   30. SoSH U at work Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:42 AM (#6021770)
If he's in jail, or deported, they don't have to. If he can't show up, he can't get paid.


He's signed through 2024, with a buyout for '25. They surely wouldn't have to pay him when he can't play, but I imagine they're on the hook for whatever dough they owe him once he's no longer on the suspended list (I can't imagine MLB will be able to suspend him significantly longer than the longest on record).

The visa issues are another matter.
   31. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: June 01, 2021 at 10:39 AM (#6021778)
That Athletic article lays out some of the details. Basically, there are some potential options for the Braves, but no precedent. MLB's domestic violence policy does not list voiding of a contract as a form of punishment.
   32. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 10:46 AM (#6021780)
He's signed through 2024, with a buyout for '25. They surely wouldn't have to pay him when he can't play, but I imagine they're on the hook for whatever dough they owe him once he's no longer on the suspended list (I can't imagine MLB will be able to suspend him significantly longer than the longest on record).

The visa issues are another matter.


I agree, if he's available to play, they'll have to pay him. However, I expect a looooong suspension, and serious criminal charges.
   33. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 01, 2021 at 12:05 PM (#6021803)
My googling may be imperfect. But as far as I can tell, the Rockies terminated Denny Neagle's contract for misdemeanor solicitation. Sources say they settled by paying $16M of $19.5M owed him.
   34. The Duke Posted: June 01, 2021 at 01:56 PM (#6021837)
He’s going to get at least a year and probably two years suspension so they may have to pay him for another few weeks and then suspension which probably takes him through 2022 will mean he doesn’t get paid. By then criminal charges will have been levied which looks a lot like jail time. If he gets a couple years he won’t be able to play and have to forfeit money. If he sustains any criminal charge, he’s likely eligible to be deported. I can’t imagine a situation where the Braves won’t have good grounds to not pay him for most of his contract.

Of course the guy just got off with only 20k bail, so maybe bashing your wife with a cast in front of police and cameras isn’t the egregious an offense. All the reports say they are getting divorced - maybe you get a free pass in a divorce situation. Seriously, how can he be out on 20K bail?
   35. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 02:02 PM (#6021842)
Seriously, how can he be out on 20K bail?

It does seem low, but then again, lots of places have adopted weird bail "reforms" recently. A guy in NYC got released with no bail after trying to shove an undercover cop onto the subway tracks, even though he was indicted on three hate crime charges. If the wife wasn't seriously injured, there may be limits on bail.
   36. DCA Posted: June 01, 2021 at 02:39 PM (#6021847)
Cash bail is institutional discrimination against poor people, and is weaponized against them being able to exercise their rights to defend themselves against the state.

Cash bail doesn't really increase the likelihood that the person shows up in court (stated purpose for it) and often results in people who can't afford bail or to stay in jail (e.g. they may lose their job if they don't show up tomorrow) to plead guilty to minor offenses just to be able to go home, resulting in lifelong negative consquences of a criminal record.
   37. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6021851)
Cash bail is institutional discrimination against poor people, and is weaponized against them being able to exercise their rights to defend themselves against the state.

Cash bail doesn't really increase the likelihood that the person shows up in court (stated purpose for it) and often results in people who can't afford bail or to stay in jail (e.g. they may lose their job if they don't show up tomorrow) to plead guilty to minor offenses just to be able to go home, resulting in lifelong negative consquences of a criminal record.


You have an argument for non-violent offenders, but violent criminals are being released and committing more crimes, and being released yet again. We're talking aggravated assaults, attempted murder, and hate crimes. It's not clear why they shouldn't be held without bail, especially if they have a long criminal record.

   38. Adam Starblind Posted: June 01, 2021 at 03:10 PM (#6021855)
You have an argument for non-violent offenders, but violent criminals are being released and committing more crimes, and being released yet again. We're talking aggravated assaults, attempted murder, and hate crimes. It's not clear why they shouldn't be held without bail, especially if they have a long criminal record.


That's a separate issue. I'm sure there must be some on the far left who want to get rid of pretrial detention altogether, but that's not the same as the argument against cash bail -- the argument there is simply that your release should depend on the facts of your case, not whether you can come up with a sum of money.
   39. sunday silence (again) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 03:28 PM (#6021856)

There’s likely police-can video of Ozuna bashing his wife with his casted hand - in what world do you think the MLB can let him take the field again? It will eventually surface.


I get the outrage, but it is incredibly irresponsible to start making legal pronouncements when the case is literally a day old. History is replete with instances of how silly this is.
   40. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: June 01, 2021 at 03:34 PM (#6021857)
Cash bail is institutional discrimination against poor people, and is weaponized against them being able to exercise their rights to defend themselves against the state.


You should see Saline County Arkansas. They have what's called Sheriff's Bonds, and that's the only kind of bail bond allowed. Instead of a bondsmen, the county Sheriff issues a bond at a 10% rate, care to guess what county in the state of Arkansas also has the highest bail amounts?

Also, ftr, the future ex-Mrs. Ozuna asked for his release, bail was originally not granted.
   41. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 04:58 PM (#6021865)
#33 You're correct. They could try (as the Padres did on several occasions before that) to terminate the contract. But they obviously judged (based on the settlement) that they'd probably lose and Neagle's agreeing to settle reflects the small chance that he'd lose if it actually went to a hearing. Bird in the hand and all that.
   42. The Duke Posted: June 01, 2021 at 04:59 PM (#6021866)
Maybe everyone else is right. Chip Carey just thinks he’s in injury limbo. Silly me

“It will be very interesting to see how the Braves manage their left field spot now that Marcell Ozuna is in injury limbo,” Caray said during the sixth inning of the Braves broadcast Monday night, two days after news of Ozuna’s arrest was made public.
   43. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 05:04 PM (#6021867)
#40 That's often how DV cases play out. Financial pressures if nothing else (even if they're splitting)
   44. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 01, 2021 at 05:23 PM (#6021878)
Calm down. It's not like he sent some homophobic tweets or something.
   45. dejarouehg Posted: June 01, 2021 at 08:13 PM (#6021893)
Was the perv on the Pirates who was just convicted still under contract? If so, how was that resolved?

If the owners were to include in their future labor negotiation a demand that contracts for felons convicted of violent offenses were immediately voidable, I wonder how the MLBPA would then defend the sanctity of the contract? (Obviously, has such an insignificant impact that it's not worth either side going to the mat on but would be an interesting dialogue to observe.)

   46. dejarouehg Posted: June 01, 2021 at 08:21 PM (#6021895)
That's a separate issue. I'm sure there must be some on the far left who want to get rid of pretrial detention altogether, but that's not the same as the argument against cash bail -- the argument there is simply that your release should depend on the facts of your case, not whether you can come up with a sum of money.


I don't think it's a separate issue, it's more of a tangential issue and further bolsters the point that bail is a function of assessing guilt prior to trial as much as anything.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty only exists in the trial phase of the criminal event.

The thoughts expressed in 36 certainly have some validity (though I confess I have incredibly little sympathy,) and led my boss to start paying bail for some of those who suffer this fate. Then he saw the tidal wave of crime that has resulted, in some part, due to the woke policies of the bail-reform movement. That ended that.
   47. base ball chick Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6021901)
43. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 05:04 PM (#6021867)

#40 That's often how DV cases play out. Financial pressures if nothing else (even if they're splitting)


- yeh, but mrs ozuna can't play that - they're worth millions. it is really hard for me to have any sympathy for women like her who do not got the $$$ excuse. i also don't get women who CHOOSE violent males in the first place. i won't never understand that - i've seen it with more than a few women i know.


46. dejarouehg Posted: June 01, 2021 at 08:21 PM (#6021895)

The thoughts expressed in 36 certainly have some validity (though I confess I have incredibly little sympathy,) and led my boss to start paying bail for some of those who suffer this fate. Then he saw the tidal wave of crime that has resulted, in some part, due to the woke policies of the bail-reform movement. That ended that


- the bail thing should be for only non-violent crimes like possession of small amounts of drugs or unpaid parking/speeding tickets. i don't know how it is where you are but in Harris county jail it is common for poor people to spend several YEARS in jail for non-violent crimes. and goodbye family, goodbye jobs, hello much more serious crimes because there is no future. no letting out assaulters, rapists, robbers etc

- with the exception of that maxwell woman, basically anyone who can afford it posts bail no matter what the crime is. and you KNOW that is not poor Black males
   48. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:09 PM (#6021903)
#45 Still under contract. He won't get paid while in prison.

He was suspended when he was arrested and while he could have tried to appeal the suspension he doesn't seem to have. Turns out they actually have a fairly detailed agreement for this type of situation. 3 arbitrators would hear the case and basically rule on the merits of the decision to suspend and the length -- if he had appealed. And given that he'd actually been arrested, it would be really surprising if the suspension was overturned.

Timing was such that by the time any money was at stake he was involved in his criminal trial. And he was probably focused on the criminal trial in any case.

He theoretically has a 1M buyout coming in 2022. Don't know how that would play out if he was:

a) out of prison
b) not barred from the US.

If he's in prison or barred from the US he won't get paid.

   49. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6021906)
#47 Top legal defenses can go through money very, very quickly.

Still, he's made 52M to date and even with very ambitious spending there should be plenty to leave his wife in a pretty decent spot if they're splitting.

As for the choices, who knows? Best I can say is that her choices made sense to her at the time.
   50. base ball chick Posted: June 01, 2021 at 10:56 PM (#6021921)
Ron J Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6021906)

As for the choices, who knows? Best I can say is that her choices made sense to her at the time.


- yeh, i know

and that is what makes it so depressing. and right now it makes sense to her to get him out of jail even though they are in the middle of a divorce. the older i get the less i understand pretty much most of human behavior
   51. bunyon Posted: June 02, 2021 at 09:15 AM (#6021985)
Bail is hard. Yeah, it's often/mostly used to keep poor folks (disproportionately Black males) in prison for offenses that I, a white man, would walk.

At that, white men and rich folks tend to get off ultimately more than PoC or poor folks.


With all that said, there are criminals and this binary "lock them up forever or release them without any kind of intervention" is a BS dichotomy. Too many people go to jail for a long time for minor drug offenses. However, a percentage of those going to jail for minor offenses committed other offenses and if you let them go, will do so again. Also, once you lock someone up a few times for minor offenses, you can't expect all of them to forego moving on to major offenses. If a stub gets you a year in jail, may as well rob a damned bank.

Bail for violent offenses works in a fair and just system. Unfortunately, we don't have that, so bail is both a tool of oppression and fails to keep a lot of bad guys off the streets.

I would love to think that, if Ozuna is guilty of what he's accused of, that he wouldn't get bail and that he'll get a long prison sentence. But, as you've all pointed out, he's rich. So he gets bail and, my guess, doesn't get a long sentence. Rich guys beat their women all the time and society doesn't much seem to give a damn. Present company excluded, of course.
   52. sunday silence (again) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 04:06 PM (#6022141)
Bail for violent offenses works in a fair and just system.


Can you explain how this would work exactly, in the criminal justice system of your dreams?
   53. sunday silence (again) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 04:11 PM (#6022145)
are they unable to write morals clauses into these contracts that would otherwise cover this situation? Or does that but up against some CBA clause?
   54. Ron J Posted: June 02, 2021 at 04:50 PM (#6022159)
#53 They've already negotiated a DV policy. It's been used a number of times to discipline players who would not end up facing charges.

The precedent that would likely apply is when some teams attempted to negotiate drug testing clauses into individual player contracts. The arbitrator struck those clauses (but did not void the contract)

In other words, probably yeah. CBA.

And it's worth noting that arbitrators have made it pretty clear that they won't permit selective termination of contracts. So if you wouldn't seek to terminate (say) Juan Soto's contract for a particular conduct you probably won't be able to use that conduct to get out from a contract you now regret.

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