Baylor suspends Ishmael Zamora three games for beating dog

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Nick Orr #18 of the TCU Horned Frogs makes a pass interception against Ishmael Zamora #8 of the Baylor Bears in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended three games after being caught on video whipping his dog with a belt and also stomping on the animal.

Zamora, a former Elsik star, was given a Class C misdemeanor citation from the Waco Police for the incident.

“Our football program does not condone this behavior by anyone,” Baylor coach Jim Grobe said. “We are deeply saddened by it and have worked together with the University to hold Ishmael accountable for his actions.”

In addition to the team suspension and the city’s citation and fine, Zamora must perform 40 community service hours in a manner that will teach him kindness and respect toward animals, must undergo counseling and must relinquish the dog to an animal-friendly home.

“I am sorry that I took out my frustration on my dog and accept the punishment that comes with it. This incident will never, ever, happen again,” Zamora said. “I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake.

“I apologize to my family, teammates, Baylor University and our fans for my actions. Eventually, I hope that everyone can see who I really am and that I am not a terrible person. This incident does not and will not define me, and I know that I am the one who will have to prove that to others in the days ahead.”

The video became public when the player shared it on Snapchat and someone alerted Animal Control and the Baylor police.

Zamora played all 13 games for Baylor last year as a freshman. He had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Source: MSN Sports

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