Ishmael Zamora, the Baylor receiver caught on film whipping and stomping his Rottweiler, has been suspended three games by the university for animal abuse.
Zamora will have to serve 40 hours of community service and undergo counseling; Baylor is also requiring him to turn the dog over to “an animal-friendly home.” Zamora released the following statement in Baylor’s press release.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Zamora was also cited for a misdemeanor and fined by Waco police.
He will be allowed to practice with the Bears while serving his suspension. Zamora was listed as a starter on the team’s two-deep depth chart released Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.