Baseball stadium security cam footage was released that shows a player beating his girlfriend.
Danry Vasquez was arrested for the violence back in August of 2016. Since his girlfriend did not want to press charges, he was given a light sentence consisting of attending anger management course. He completed the terms of probation and the case was dismissed on March 6, TMZ reported.
“At that point, probation checked with us, and he had done everything that we asked him to do, so I was forced to dismiss the case,” said Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, via KRIS 6. “It was an assault that occurred. We had all the evidence to prove it. We just allowed this individual to hopefully get the training and education so he wouldn’t continue to assault people where [sic] he has relationships with.”
At the time, Vasquez played for the Corpus Christi Hooks, a Double-A minor league affiliate team of the Houston Astros. The team fired him soon after the incident. He ended up playing winter league baseball in Venezuela before getting called by a team in Pennsylvania, according to Sports Illustrated.
He then went on to play with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. Since the video was recently made public, the Barnstormers have now also chosen to release Vasquez, TMZ reported.
“There is no choice but to sever the relationship. Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior,” said Barnstormers manager Ross Peeples, via TMZ.
Gonzalez is hopeful Vasquez’s case can serve as a lesson.
“That’s what happens in domestic violence cases. Every time a man or woman hurt each other that’s what it looks like, and it’s ugly and what I’m trying to accomplish is to stop (that from) happening,” said Gonzalez, via KRIS 6. “I’m hoping Mr. Vasquez will be the poster boy for our program and never hurt somebody that he’s in a relationship with and only time will tell.”