Shocking video goes viral of baseball player brutally beating his girlfriend
Danry Vasquez is allegedly ashamed of his behavior.
Minor league baseball player, Danry Vasquez, has been fired from his Pennsylvania team following the release of a viral video showing his brutal battery attack against his girlfriend.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the Venezuelan outfielder was arrested in August 2016 on domestic violence charges in Texas after repeatedly pummeling the woman in her head and dragging her down a flight of stairs with a stairwell in Whataburger Field stadium. Officials were reportedly in possession of the video at the time of the arrest.
Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez told TMZ that the victim would not cooperate with the investigation and asked for the charges to be dropped. Due to the lack of support of the victim, officials had no choice but to stop from pursing the case any further.
Vasquez was given probation and ordered to complete a series of anger management courses. Earlier this month, on March 6, the case was formally dismissed following the fulfillment of those terms.
At the time of the incident, Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks, which is an AA minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. Days after the incident, the MLB placed Vasquez on administrative leave while his team officially released him.
Vasquez then found work with the Lancaster Barnstormers in Pennsylvania (part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball) in January of this year and was subsequently also released on March 13, 2018 following the release of this video.
“There is no choice but to sever the relationship, said team manager, Ross Peebles. “Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior.”
It appears that Vasquez and his girlfriend have reportedly been together since they were teenagers—and are still together today. In fact, they consider themselves a “happy couple,” according to TMZ. The two reportedly got engaged nearly a year after the violent event.
Here is the video (courtesy of TMZ) that has gone viral:
If History Repeats Itself
The last time a high-profile athlete went viral for domestic violence against his/her partner was when a 2014 video of football star, Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer went viral. Rice could be seen hitting Palmer twice in the face causing her to fall, hit her head on a handrail inside an elevator and end up out cold.
The NFL was loudly criticized for mishandling the investigation and not punishing Rice for his offenses. That August, they implemented a six-game suspension for NFL personnel who are charged with domestic violence or sexual assault and banishment from the league after a second offense.
Days later, Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens, who tweeted that they had terminated his contract. The NFL then took it a step further by issuing an “indefinite suspension,” following the media attention and protests.
A court overturned that decision a month late. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in September to change Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite was “arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion.”
The court agreed, and Rice was then eligible to play in the NFL again as a free agent by December 2014. Rice has yet to return to the NFL despite the decision. As of June 2017, Rice has been active at his old high school in New Rochelle as an assistant coach.