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This Promising Baseball Player Has Been Dropped After A Disturbing Video Surfaced Of Him Assaulting His Girlfriend

Danry Vasquez, the 24-year-old Venezuelan former outfielder for the Lancaster Barnstormers, was arrested in 2016 on domestic violence charges. At the time of his arrest, he was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks, a Double A minor league team, and was being considered for a major league team but all of that changed as soon as a video of him beating up his girlfriend was released online.

On March 13, the court dismissed his case for his 2016 charges. However, that same day a local news channel obtained the footage of the actual assault and now his team has fired him.

The video is beyond disturbing.

Vasquez is seen brutally hitting his girlfriend multiple times on the stairway of the Whataburger stadium in Corpus Christi.

The judge dismissed the case this week because Vasquez agreed to pay a fine and take classes (reports did not specify the type of classes he was signed up for).

Here’s a statement from the Lancaster Barnstormers that own the Corpus Christi team.

BARNSTORMERS RELEASE DANRY VASQUEZ The Lancaster Barnstormers have released outfielder Danry Vasquez, it has been…

Posted by Lancaster Barnstormers on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Vasquez was being considered for the Houston Astros as well.

“There is no choice but to sever the relationship,” the team’s manager, Ross Peeples, said according to Sports Illustrated. “Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior.”

As Sports Illustrated noted, it’s very odd that the team fired him after the video surfaced online, especially if you consider he was arrested for this crime in 2016.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, Vasquez’s lawyer, told KRIS-TV that his client was attempting to get help for his behavior. He also commented on the video saying, “Yes I’ve seen the video, that’s what happens in domestic violence cases. Every time a man or woman hurts each other that’s what it looks like, and it’s ugly and what I’m trying to accomplish is to stop that from happening.”


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Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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As lockdowns continue to occur across Europe, Asia and the Americas, worrying reports of domestic abuse have spiked.

According to news outlets, women and men who are victims of domestic abuse are at risk for greater threats now more than ever. With so much of the world in lockdown, reports have said that many confined to their homes with their domestic abusers could become victims of the pandemic.
In a report by CNN, multiple studies proclaimed “that emotionally stressful events can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior at home. Researchers identified such spikes during the 2008 economic crisis, when major natural disasters hit, and also during big football tournaments.”

According to Lucha y Siesta women’s shelter in Rome, the crisis has made abuse all the worse.

According to an interview with Lucha y Siesta and CNN, one young woman had contacted the women’s shelter with reports of a controlling relationship turned violent. The unknown woman told Lucha Y Siesta that ” her partner of four years had always been controlling and abusive but had become much worse during the lockdown.”

With the current public health crisis overwhelming Italy’s resources the country has been forced to turn its direction towards fighting the virus as opposed to helping victims.

“The court procedures are working slower than usual because most people are working from home,” Simona Ammerata a woman who works for Lucha y Siesta and spoke to CNN explained. “The fear is that the legal decrees to protect women won’t be put in place in time.”

Domestic abuse searches have surged in countries across the globe. Not just Italy. Australia and the UK are among some of the countries to report these findings.

Refuge, a domestic violence charity based out of Great Britain has also rung the alarms about similar concerns.

According to CNN, victims of domestic abuse have been using trips to supermarkets and pharmacies to ask for help as strict rules about remaining in quarantine have made it particularly difficult for abused women to escape abusers.

Codeword: “Mask 19.”

Victims of abuse have reportedly been using the codeword “Mask 19” in interactions with pharmacists behind their local counters toa ask for help. According to Elle magazine, local authorities in Spain and the Canary Islands launched an action last week that supports domestic abuse victims in making reports. Those who are incapable of outrightly making complaints to staff about their abuse, are using the code “mask 19.”

Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is accused of breaking immigration laws in Paraguay. The 2002 World Cup player was detained by authorities with his brother in Paraguay after they were found to be traveling with fake travel documents. However, authorities claim there is more to the story.

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is being accused of entering Paraguay with false travel documents.

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According to reports, Ronaldinho was arrested when he entered Paraguay with his brother. Ronaldinho and his brother are both accused of entering Paraguay with forged passports breaking Paraguayan law. The two Brazilians spent time in a maximum-security prison because of their non-compliance with Paraguay’s immigration laws.

One of Ronaldinho’s attorneys is trying to explain away the crime by claiming the soccer player was just “stupid.”

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Paraguayan judge Clara Ruiz ordered that the brother be put taken into custody because there was evidence that other crimes occurred separately from the fake passports. According to Daily Mail, the judge ordered for the brothers to remain in custody because of their crimes against Paraguay.

“There is a flight risk and there is a danger of obstruction. We are dealing with a foreigner who entered the country illegally and who remained in the country illegally,” judge Ruiz said, according to Daily Mail. “The prosecution considered he meets all the requirements. He will remain in preventative prison in the Specialised Unit.’

Ronaldinho’s attorneys insist that the brothers just don’t know what a real passport looks like.

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Another attorney for the brothers claimed the arrests are arbitrary, illegal, and abusive. The attorney even went a step further saying that the investigation into the crime, which could take six months, be dropped.

“They confessed that they used these false passports,” Sergio Queiroz, one of the attorneys representing the brothers told the press. “But there was no harm done to the Paraguayan state. Roberto and Ronaldinho did not know that the passports were irregular. And they cooperated fully with authorities.”

Ronaldinho, who hasn’t said much about his arrest, did tell his attorneys that the passports were given to him.

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According to Ronaldinho, the passports were given to him by someone asking them to travel to Paraguay for charity work. He was allegedly told that he was being asked to come to Paraguay to attend a conference organized by charities that work with disadvantaged children.

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