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…
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.”