Professional baseballer Danry Vasquez has been dropped after footage surfaced of him beating his girlfriend in a stadium.
Vasquez was arrested for domestic violence in August of 2016, but despite the disturbing video evidence, he was not handed any serious penalty.
Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, who was prosecuting Vasquez’s case, told TMZ that the victim of the abuse sadly did not want to cooperate with prosecutors as she wanted the case dropped.
This made things incredibly difficult for prosecutors, and ultimately Vasquez was ordered to complete anger management courses.
It has been reported that Vasquez has since completed the terms of his probation and the case was formally dismissed on March 6.
Gonzalez told KRIS TV:
At that point, probation checked with us, and he had done everything we asked him to do so I was forced to dismiss the case.
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 who he has relationships with.
In the footage, which was released by the Corpus Christi Police Department, shows Vasquez in a stairwell of a stadium with his girlfriend.
The woman is hit multiple times before she is dragged up from the floor. She is dragged up from the floor and Vasquez handed her glasses back to her.
Yes I’ve seen the video, that’s what happens in domestic violence cases. Every time a man or woman hurts 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…
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.
the Danry Vasquez footage is so sickening to watch. she acted as if the physical abuse was a normal thing for her, it’s heartbreaking.
— pau ❁ (@ughpaul_) March 14, 2018
From the time of the footage, Vasquez was dropped by his then team, but went on to sign a contract with the Lancaster Barnstomers, who have now released him in the wake of the video footage.
Manager Ross Peeples said:
There is no choice but to sever the relationship. Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behaviour.
This footage is stark reminder of what can happen behind closed doors, and shows how no matter how grave the abuse, victims still find it difficult to come forward.
Danry Vasquez is a massive piece of shit. I feel for any woman out there who is a victim of such intimidation and violence.
Ashamed of my fellow men that we abuse our physical advantage over women just because we can. https://t.co/xI87CiPJEA
— Bryan (@FinkleIsMyMuse) March 14, 2018
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Do not suffer in silence.