Disciplinary action is pending for Baylor University football player, Ishmael Zamaora, following the discovery of a video showing the man yelling, kicking, and beating his dog with a belt, purportedly over a potty training issue. A fellow player had taken the video and posted it to Snapchat where a woman, viewing the incident, reported it to authorities.
In an interview with Noel Smart of KXXV ABC25, Shelby Ball, a former Baylor student, said, “I went to authorities probably about two hours after I saw the video. Dogs can’t speak for themselves … I felt like something needed to be done.”
Ball first went to animal control, then to the police. In documents obtained by Ball from the Waco Police Department indicate the Baylor Athletic Department has been informed.
Head coach Jim Grobe, told the Waco Tribune, “We’re not going to tolerate it,” Grobe said. “He’s going to be disciplined by a bunch of people. The city is going to get a piece of him, and the university doesn’t take it lightly. There will be some sanctions from the university. From an athletic department standpoint we’ll do some things. Hopefully, it’s a teaching moment and a learning experience for him.”
In a written statement, Zamora wrote, “I’m sorry for my actions. “I’ve owned the dog for 20 months, he’s perfectly healthy and I love him very much. In the moment, I lost my temper trying to discipline him. I’ve been through training with a dog trainer to help me learn new potty training tips.”
Grobe also followed up by adding, “He was just frustrated and spanked his dog for not being house trained. You just can’t do that. He knows that. He loves the dog and takes great care of the dog. Other than losing his temper with the dog, I think he’s taking pretty good care of it.”
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