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

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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.”

READ: This Is What One Of Mexico’s Superstars Told Herself The Day She Decided To Walk Away From Abuse

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The Los Angeles Times Wrote A Story About This Homeless UC Berkeley Student And People Are Questioning His Circumstances

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The Los Angeles Times Wrote A Story About This Homeless UC Berkeley Student And People Are Questioning His Circumstances

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The California housing crisis continues to get worse.

California is in the middle of a severe housing crisis. Staggering prices for rent have left many homeless, despite having jobs or going to school. Simply, there just isn’t enough affordable housing in major California cities and residents are fighting plans for development to ease this pain to keep their neighborhoods as they are. According to the Los Angeles Times, 29 percent of Californians pay more than 50 percent of their income towards rent. The national average in 25 percent.

Ismael Chamu, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, is one student feeling the crunch of the growing housing crisis. Chamu was living in a trailer in someone’s driveway with his brother and two sisters and says he was paying $650 a month. The trailer is not connected to a sewage system and it is barely big enough for one person.

The siblings live together in Hayward and Chamu makes the commute daily to Berkeley, about 40 miles round trip. Chamu is the child of Mexican immigrants who have fallen on their own hard times, according to the LA Times. The parents have moved from place to place chasing jobs and eventually ended up living out of their car. That’s why Chamu’s sisters moved into the trailer in Hayward. Eventually, the parents followed.

Now, Chamu and his siblings are homeless again after city officials sent notice that they were not allowed to live in the trailer. The landlords who evicted them claim they never paid rent and were doing a favor for a friend at church.

“I wouldn’t be living somewhere without paying rent,” Chamu told ABC 7. “That’s a little absurd.”

All of the attention to Chamu and his family’s homeless situation has led to a fundraising campaign on YouCaring that has raised more than $80,000. But it has also brought attention to a recent felony arrest and charges that Chamu denies are legitimate.

According to Berkeleyside, Chamu was one of two people arrested by Berkeley Police Department for vandalism. Police allege that Chamu participated in spray painting graffiti on cars, buildings, and fences, as well as slashing tires. The vandalism caused $400 in damage. Chamu was originally arrested, according to police, when he was allegedly seen hiding an illegal spring-loaded knife.

Chamu said, in a now-deleted Facebook post, that the arrest was racial profiling.

“I was kidnapped by armed agents. I was humiliated. I have been traumatized,” Chamu wrote, according to Berkeleyside. “The Police racially profiled me for being Mexican. For looking like a ‘Burglar’ for appearing ‘Dangerous.’ I will never forget this.”

Berkeleyside reported that Chamu was held for 39 hours and never spoke with an attorney when he requested one. He was also never charged with a crime when he was released.

According to a current Facebook post, Chamu says he and his family have found temporary housing for the next two weeks.

READ: This Harvard-Bound South L.A. Teen Was Able To Pull His Family Out Of Homelessness

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