As the sexual assault scandals surrounding Baylor University and the football program continue to tarnish the school’s reputation, the last thing they need is a football player caught on camera beating a helpless victim, but that’s exactly what’s happened.
In the video, shared via social media service Snapchat in late June, Zamora is seen whipping his dog with a belt as the dog yelps and cowers in the corner. Zamora then goes on to kick the dog into the wall before whipping the pup one last time.
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The video was brought to police attention by former Baylor student Shelby Ball shortly after it was posted.
“I went to authorities probably about two hours after I saw the video,” Ball told KXXV-TV News Channel 25. “Dogs can’t speak for themselves… I felt like something needed to be done.”
Zamora claims he lost his temper after the dog peed on the floor and he was trying to discipline the pup. He has since told KXXV-TV News Channel 25 that he has gone through training with a professional dog trainer to help him learn better discipline techniques.
As far as Zamora’s own discipline goes, he was charged with a Class C misdemeanor and could face a fine of up to $500.
He will also face punishment from head coach Jim Grobe. Grobe told the Waco Tribune that Zamora would be disciplined, but the coach didn’t make it clear exactly what that punishment would be. Although, Grobe did state that Zamora will still be allowed to practice with the team.
Zamora, a redshirt sophomore this year, caught 9 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns last season.