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Rays’ Randy Arozarena arrested in Mexico for altercation with ex-wife, trying to forcibly take his daughter: reports

Tampa Bay Rays star Randy Arozarena was arrested in Mexico on Tuesday “for problems relating to his ex-partner,” according to the Yucatan state prosecutor’s office.

Arozarena allegedly attempted to forcibly take his daughter from his ex-wife. During the altercation, Arozarena reportedly hit his ex-wife at a home she and their daughter are living in Merida, Mexico according to Diario de Yucatan, a Spanish-language newspaper in the area. Yucatan Ahora, another local paper, reported that the Rays outfielder also hit his ex-father-in-law while trying to leave with his young daughter.

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The fight drew attention from their neighbors, who stopped Arozarena at a traffic light in defense of his ex. There is a video documenting Arozarena’s confrontation with the neighbors while standing next to a Black Camaro he drove to the confrontation.

Arozarena has not been formally charged. Prosecutors have two days to decide whether to bring charges, according to Mexican law.

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“We are aware of reports that Randy Arozarena was detained in Mexico,” the Rays said in a statement. “We are gathering more information on this situation, and we have no further comment at this time.”

Arozarena’s agent, Abel Guerra, told the Daily News he did not know the details around the reports of his arrest but confirmed on Tuesday that his star client was still in Merida, where Arozarena also owns a home and remarried in November.

The Cuban-born player defected to Mexico before making his way into the United States, working his way through the St. Louis Cardinals organization before breaking out with the Rays — all despite starting his season in quarantine because he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Arozarena, 25, hit .281/.382/.641 once he returned to play, then powered the Rays through the playoffs, clubbing 10 home runs and breaking the single-season postseason record previously held by Barry Bonds and three others. The once-unknown rookie helped Tampa push the favored-Los Angeles Dodgers to six games and put the Rays within striking distance of their first World Series title.

Neither the Rays, Arozarena or Major League Baseball have made any public comment about Arozarena, though a source told ESPN that they were looking into the situation. Domingo German was the last player disciplined under the MLB and MLBPA’s domestic violence policy. The Yankees right-hander was suspended without pay for 81 games, causing him to miss the entire 2020 season shortened by the ongoing pandemic and labor battle. German is eligible to return to baseball in 2021.

Arozarena’s journey from Cuban hopeful to American baseball superstar is being adapted into a feature-length film and in the early stages of production.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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