Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for three games after video showed him beating his dog, the team announced Tuesday.
Last week, a Snapchat video obtained by KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas showed Zamora beating his dog with a belt after it went to the bathroom in the house. A former Baylor student saw the video and reported it to Animal Control, the Baylor Police Department and the athletic department.
Zamora was charged with a misdemeanor and given a citation that could cost up to $500. He sent the dog to live with his relatives after the incident, according to police documents.
“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,” Baylor coach Jim Grobe said in a statement.
In addition to the fine, Zamora will be required to perform 40 hours of community service.
“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. “I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake.”