Baylor announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for three games after a video emerged of him beating his dog with a belt.
“I am sorry that I took out my frustration on my dog and accept the punishment that comes with it. This incident will never, ever, happen again,” Zamora said in a statement through the university. “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. Eventually, I hope that everyone can see who I really am and that I am not a terrible person. 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.”
Zamora will have to complete 40 hours of community service, undergo counseling and relinquish his dog to a an “animal-friendly home” as additional terms of his punishment. He will be able to practice with the team while he’s suspended so long as he meets those conditions.
“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,” said Baylor coach Jim Grobe in a statement.
“Ishmael’s behavior toward his dog is disheartening, and is not condoned,” said Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades. “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.”
Zamora will miss Baylor’s games against Northwestern State, SMU and Rice with his return coming in the Bears’ Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State. Zamora had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 and was expected to step into a larger role with the Bears’ offense this season.
Source: CBS Sports / Baylor gives three-game suspension to WR videotaped beating his dog