Baseball player Danry Vasquez is now engaged to the girlfriend he beat viscously in a stadium stairwell.
People have been shocked by footage of the 24-year-old outfielder striking his girlfriend multiple times across the face in 2016.
The horrifying footage was released by Corpus Christi Police Department and quickly went viral.
The couple have been dating since they were teenagers and have reportedly been engaged since November 2017.
Saddest thing about that video is how "normal" it appears for her. Domestic violence is a disease #DanryVasquez
— SLockstone (@slockstone) March 14, 2018
Sources have told TMZ Sports how the pair are now describing themselves as a ‘happy couple.’
Vasquez’s girlfriend reportedly stuck by her partners side following the brutal attack, pleading with prosecutors not to press charges for what she has claimed was an isolated incident.
Vasquez’s attorney has made the following remarks to TMZ Sports:
I recall conversations about the extreme stress he was under and the pressures to perform that he was young.
Came to USA at a young age with no parents [accommodating him] and no guidance … just his dreams.
She never excused his behaviour just loved him enough to believe they could move forward.
each time he smacked her, he made sure he fixed her glasses, her hair and made sure the contents in her purse weren't spread all over the floor…making sure she kept up (normal) appearances…preparing to prop her up back in public light
abuse in its finest form#danryvasquez
— kardi killmonger (@strugglations) March 14, 2018
Vasquez was arrested on charged of domestic violence back in August 2016. However, despite video evidence, he avoided any serious punishment.
Nueces County District Attorney, and prosecutor in the case, Mark Gonzalez, advised the girlfriend refused to cooperate with prosecutors; preferring the case be dropped.
This lack of cooperation created difficulties for prosecutors. For his penalty, Vasquez to was required to undertake anger management courses; a punishment many believe to be inadequate.
NAAAAHHH Danry Vasquez gotta be banned from baseball & do some time. He was backhanding the shit out of that woman. Lock his ass up
— Super Vegeta (@MajinJerms) March 14, 2018
Saw a video of baseball player #danryvasquez beating his girlfriend and then read that the charges got dismissed after completing the terms of a plea deal???? Taking classes and paying some money???? That’s a fucking punishment???
— Edi (@EdithIsabela9) March 15, 2018
Vasquez has reportedly now completed the terms of his probation, with the case being formally dismissed as of 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.
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.
Former Astros player Danry Vasquez, beating his fiancé, striking her in the face three times, knocking off her glasses.
He agreed to a plea deal: PROBATION. (1)pic.twitter.com/v81vVLBFkI
— Jen (@ellewoodsruns) March 15, 2018
Following the public outcry over the despicable footage, Vasquez’s former team, the Lancaster Barnstormers, have sacked him.
Lancaster Barnstormers 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.
According to Fox, General Manager Mike Reynolds said:
Half of our front office staff are females, many of us are married with wives…I have two young daughters.
That is just not something that we will accept, that we will tolerate, that we want part of either the Barnstormers organization or the Lancaster County community
#DanryVasquez is one of many monsters. RT this to help save women from domestic abuse. If you need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit https://t.co/MSGqeqHsG6. Plz consider $20 donation today. https://t.co/0rUGd1rodY #EndDomesticViolence pic.twitter.com/62uiSPLlBY
— Brandon de Hoyos (@brandonabc13) March 15, 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.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.