Baylor football is in the hot seat yet again, as a surfaced video shows wide receiver Ishmael Zamora whipping his dog in June.
The graphic video, which News Channel 25 exclusively obtained, came from Zamora's Snapchat. You can hear the dog whimpering as the Baylor player hits him continuously with a belt as he yells, kicks and curses.
You can watch the news report containing the video below:
Before the news station received the video, a follower of Zamora's Snapchat account reported the incident to the police in June. Official police documents show that authorities informed the school's athletic department of the incident shortly after it was reported.
Zamora justified his actions by claiming that he was only trying to discipline his dog, not harm him. "I lost my temper trying to discipline him," Zamora reportedly said. "I’ve been through training with a dog trainer to help me learn new potty training tips."
The investigation into the animal abuse apparently lasted for weeks. Ultimately, the police charged Zamora with a Class C misdemeanor and gave him a citation that could eventually cost up to $500.
Zamora, a 6-foot-4 and 220-pound sophomore, played seven games for the Bears in 2015. He made nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Before committing to Baylor, 247Sports classified him as a three-star recruit and the No. 361 overall player in the country in the class of 2014.
Baylor coach Jim Grobe told the Waco Tribune-Herald that Zamora will be disciplined by the team. The nature of the punishment remains undisclosed by team officials. For now, he will continue to practice with the Bears' football team.
The Bears are scheduled to begin their season on Sept. 2 against Northwestern.