Former Houston Astros prospect Danry Vasquez has been released from his team after stadium surveillance video showed him brutally beating his girlfriend inside a stairwell at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. In the video, Vasquez, 24, can be seen hitting his then-girlfriend with the back of his hand and knocking her down a flight of stairs. Footage shows Vasquez follow her down steps and continuing to strike her several times in the face. The video was recorded on August 3, 2016, and used in a criminal investigation against Vasquez that was dismissed earlier this month, but had not been previously made public. Four hours after Corpus Christi police released the surveillance video to KRIS 6 News as part of a public information request, Vasquez was released from the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team in Pennsylvania.
Vasquez’s lawyer, Les Cassidy, said that Vasquez was “ashamed” of the video, and that his girlfriend hadn’t wanted the video to become public or for charges to be pursued against the baseball player.
“In this situation, the two people who were involved were very young,” said Cassidy. “They had been together as boyfriend and girlfriend since he was 16 and she was 14 in Venezuela. With those considerations, it was decided by the District Attorney’s office, that they wanted to put him under supervision and not dismiss the case.”
Instead, Vasquez first had to complete a pretrial diversion program offered to first-time offenders, after which the District Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the case. But as a Venezuelan national in the U.S. for work, Vasquez will no longer be able to live in the U.S. as a result of the termination of his contract.
“He’s learned to control his temper,” said Lee, asked about how Vasquez had changed since going through the pretrial program. “He’s learned to not get involved or resort to violence or force if he’s upset with something. There were things going on in their lives at the time and he’s better with coping with it now. At the time, he was only 21 or 22 years old. So, he was a very young man.” Vasquez stayed together with the woman for several months after the attack, but then, according to TMZ, broke up with her and has since married another woman.
The case is reminiscent of one involving former NFL star Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer. Surveillance video from a security camera inside a casino elevator in Atlantic City showed Rice brutally knocking Palmer out cold, and then dragging her limp body out of the elevator in September 2014. Within a year of the incident, Rice had third-degree aggravated assault charges dismissed and paid a $125 fine. He completed an anger management program, was on probation for a year — and never returned to the NFL. The disturbing surveillance video of Vasquez can be seen below.
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