Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora has been charged with a Class C misdemeanor for beating his dog with a belt in a video initially spotted on Snapchat and obtained by Waco TV station KXXV-TV.
Shelby Bell, a former student, contacted the Baylor police department and Waco animal control after seeing the video on another football player’s Snapchat of the incident, which occurred in June. The Waco television station posted the video earlier this week, which showed Zamora striking the dog multiple times and cursing at it during a potty training session.
In a statement to the media, Zamora apologized. Police documents show Zamora has sent the dog to live with relatives in Houston. In the statement, Zamora said: “I’m sorry for my actions. I’ve owned this dog for 20 months, he’s perfectly healthy and I love him very much. In the moment, I lost my temper trying to discipline him. I’ve been through training with a dog trainer to help me learn new potty training tips.”
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In an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald, Baylor coach Jim Grobe said Zamora is “going to be disciplined by a bunch of people” for his poor choice and could lose some playing time because of it. Zamora ended spring drills as one of Baylor’s projected starters.
In terms of the animal abuse incident, Grobe said: “We’re not going to tolerate it … The city is going to get a piece of him, and the university doesn’t take it lightly. There will be some sanctions from the university.”
Grobe became the Bears’ coach in May when predecessor Art Briles was dismissed in the wake of a report by the Pepper Hamilton law firm that investigated allegations of sexual assaults by Baylor football players and inappropriate responses to those reports by school officials. Ironically, Grobe issued his edict on Zamora on the same day that former Baylor president Kenneth Starr severed ties with the school and resigned his post as a law professor. Starr’s departure means that the three primary decision-makers for the university at the time the Pepper Hamilton report was released are no longer affiliated with the school.
Ian McCaw, Baylor’s former athletic director, resigned his post on day after announcing Grobe’s hiring in May.