Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora Will Be Punished After Video Reveals Dog Abuse

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Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora runs the ball during a NCAA college football intrasquad scrimmage Friday, March 20, 2015, in Waco, Texas.  (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora is facing discipline from the program after a video was posted online in which he was shown abusing his dog.

Per ESPN.com's Max Olson on Aug. 19, in video obtained by KXXV News Channel 25 in Waco, Texas, Zamora was seen "hitting a dog eight times with a belt and kicking it while yelling."

"I lost my temper trying to discipline him," Zamora said in a statement to KXXV (via Olson). "I've been through training with a dog trainer to help me learn new potty training tips."

KXXV noted a Baylor teammate recorded and posted video of Zamora's hitting the dog on Snapchat in June.

(Warning: Video contains graphic footage.)

Per Olson, after a former Baylor student reported the video, Zamora was "charged with a Class C misdemeanor and received a citation for up to $500."

Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe expressed his displeasure with Zamora's actions, per Olson:

I think he's going to be disciplined by a bunch of people -- the city is gonna get a piece of him, and our university doesn't take it lightly. There will be some sanctions from the university and, from an athletic department standpoint, we'll do some things. But hopefully it's a teaching moment and a learning experience for him.

Grobe did add he thinks Zamora "just was frustrated and spanked his dog for not being house-trained, and you just can't do that."

Specifics about discipline for Zamora are not known, though Grobe did say in Olson's report that his playing time will "probably be affected." On Monday, Grobe told reporters he doesn't know if Zamora will suit up for Baylor's season opener Friday against Northwestern State. Grobe noted the depth chart was created without considering any potential discipline.

Zamora, who will be a sophomore this season, appeared in 10 games for the Bears last season and had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He is expected to be a starter alongside junior KD Cannon.


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