Bay­lor WR sus­pended 3 games for beat­ing dog

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WACO, Texas — Bay­lor sopho­more re­ceiver Ish­mael Zamora has been sus­pended for the first three games of the sea­son af­ter a video sur­faced of him beat­ing his dog with a belt this sum­mer.

Zamora apol­o­gized for his ac­tions, say­ing he was sorry that he took out his frus­tra­tions on his dog.

“This in­ci­dent will never, ever, hap­pen again,” Zamora said in a state­ment re­leased by the school Tues­day. “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.”

When Zamora was listed as a start­ing re­ceiver on the ini­tial depth chart re­leased Mon­day, act­ing head coach Jim Grobe said then that he was wait­ing for univer­sity of­fi­cials be­fore de­ter­min­ing dis­ci­pline af­ter Waco po­lice charged Zamora with a mis­de­meanor in the an­i­mal abuse case.

Grobe said Tues­day that the pro­gram does not con­done that sort of be­hav­ior by any­one, and worked with univer­sity of­fi­cials to hold Zamora ac­count­able for his ac­tions.

“We have re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tions about this in­ci­dent from many pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als over the past 10 days, and I am aware of their con­cerns,” Grobe said. “Our goal is for this dis­ci­pline to be ed­u­ca­tional and restora­tive, and I be­lieve that we have taken cor­rec­tive mea­sures to help Ish­mael learn from his ac­tions and to bet­ter un­der­stand the be­hav­ior we de­mand of all stu­dents at the univer­sity.”

Grobe got the Bay­lor in May af­ter two-time Big 12 cham­pion coach Art Briles was sud­denly dis­missed fol­low­ing the re­lease of a re­port al­leg­ing that the univer­sity mis­han­dled com­plaints of sex­ual as­sault, in­clud­ing some against foot­ball play­ers. The school’s pres­i­dent and ath­letic di­rec­tor also left af­ter that.

Since ar­riv­ing, Grobe has said play­ers would be held ac­count­able for any off-field is­sues. He also promised that univer­sity of­fi­cials would be in­volved in more se­ri­ous cases, and that no longer would the foot­ball coaches and staff solely han­dle dis­ci­pline in such in­stances.

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