A young athlete had a promising career as a professional baseball player until he was arrested for domestic violence in August of 2016. Danry Vasquez, now 24 years old, was seen physically abusing his girlfriend in a baseball stadium. The incident was captured on a surveillance video.
At the time of the incident, Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks — the AA minor league affiliate for the Houston Astros, reported TMZ. He was released by the Houston Astros organization shortly after the incident took place.
Unfortunately, Vasquez got off with a “slap on the wrist.” The girlfriend refused to press charges, leaving prosecutors in a pickle with the legal system.
Ultimately, he only had to pay a fine and complete anger management courses in hopes of preventing him from acting out irrationally in his future relationships. According to TMZ, his case was dropped on March 6th.
The surveillance video was released to the public on Wednesday, March 14th, which showed Vasquez backhanding the victim, dragging her down the stairs, and grabbing her hair.
Even after the 2016 incident, Vasquez was signed by the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. However, following the release of the video, the Barnstormers’ organization announced that they had to “sever the relationship” with the young baseball player.
Watch the surveillance video below and see how Vasquez even returns to attack her again after leaving her alone following the first attack. WARNING: The video contains content that may be difficult for some viewers to watch.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Vasquez has not responded to the release of the video footage.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Additional information can also be found on their website.
Faith Family America will be praying for those in an abusive relationship. In related news, Vasquez's ex-girlfriend spoke out after the video was released. Read the details here.