There’s not a whole lot we agree upon as a society, but the feeling toward animal abuse is almost universal, as we pretty much all agree that hurting a defenseless animal for no reason is one of the worst things you can do.
That’s bad news for Baylor University wide receiver Ishmael Zamora, who faces discipline after a Waco, Texas, news channel obtained video of the wideout kicking and hitting his dog with a belt.
KXXV in Waco released a short video of Zamora appearing to whip the dog with a belt. The video can be seen below, but as you could imagine, it’s hard to watch.KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |
According to ESPN.com, a former Baylor student reported Zamora to the authorities after seeing the video — which a teammate posted to Snapchat — and the wide receiver ultimately was charged with a Class C misdemeanor and a citation for up to $500.
Somewhat surprisingly, Zamora continues to practice with the football team as interim coach Jim Grobe waits for things to play out, but he did say he intends to discipline Zamora.
“I think he’s going to be disciplined by a bunch of people — the city is gonna get a piece of him, and our university doesn’t take it lightly,” Grobe said. “There will be some sanctions from the university and, from an athletic department standpoint, we’ll do some things. But hopefully it’s a teaching moment and a learning experience for him.”
This is just the latest in a disturbingly long line of missteps within the Baylor football program. Baylor fired veteran head coach Art Briles in June amid turmoil stemming mostly from the program’s handling of sexual assault allegations made against football players.
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