Baylor Wide Receiver Beats Dog Gets Three Game Suspension

Baylor Player beats dog Ishmael ZamoraBaylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora has received a three-game suspension Tuesday, after a video of him beating his dog was shared on social media in June.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore has apologized, saying he “made a big mistake” and that he loved his dog.

“Hate to break it to you big boy but no ones buying your worthless apology!”

An unidentified teammate posted the video to via Snapchat.  In the clip, it  showed Zamora whipping his dog with a belt, as well as kicking and cursing at the animal.

The footage, which is disturbing, can be seen here!

A former Baylor student saw the video and reported it to local authorities, including animal control officials and Baylor police.

On Monday, acting Bears Coach Jim Grobe said he was still awaiting word on what sort of punishment would be handed to Zamora, who continued to practice with the team. Grobe indicated at the time that if he did not learn of anything by Friday, when his 23rd-ranked team begins its season against Northwestern State, he would keep the receiver out of the game.

“Our football program does not condone this behavior by anyone. We are deeply saddened by it and have worked together with the University to hold Ishmael accountable for his actions,” Grobe said Tuesday in a statement.

“This incident will never, ever, happen again,” Zamora said in a statement released by the school. “I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake. I apologize to my family, teammates, Baylor University and our fans for my actions.”

“Ishmael’s behavior toward his dog is disheartening, and is not condoned,” Baylor vice president and athletics director Mack Rhoades said (via KXXV). “We believe with proper counseling and training Ishmael can learn from this and I expect that of him. I’ve conveyed to him my expectation that his actions and his service will illustrate his commitment to change.”

In addition to the suspension, Zamora must relinquish the dog to an animal-friendly home, undergo counseling and perform 40 hours of community service in a manner that will teach him kindness towards animals (per KXXV). “I lost my temper trying to discipline him,” Zamora said earlier in August. “I’ve been through training with a dog trainer to help me learn new potty training tips.”

Grobe said Tuesday (via the Associated Press) that the school had recently heard from “many passionate individuals” about the video. He said the “goal is for this discipline to be educational and restorative,” and that he believed “corrective measures” had been taken to help Zamora “learn from his actions and to better understand the behavior” demanded of all Baylor students.

“Eventually, I hope that everyone can see who I really am and that I am not a terrible person,” Zamora said. “This incident does not and will not define me, and I know that I am the one who will have to prove that to others in the days ahead.”

The incident was the latest to bring negative publicity to the Bears’ program. Grobe was installed as acting head coach following the May dismissal of Art Briles, who was deemed to have brought a formerly downtrodden program to national prominence at the expense of the conservative Christian school’s moral compass.

Source:  Washington Post

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