A professional baseball player who was seen in a video beating his girlfriend became engaged to her after the brutal attack, according to a new report.
Danry Vasquez was released by the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League this week after the security video surfaced of him attacking the woman in 2016. Vasquez was playing for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros, at the time.
The 24-year-old outfielder was arrested following the attack at a Texas stadium, but the case was later dropped when his girlfriend declined to press charges.
The Venezuela-born Vasquez proposed to her following the arrest, and she said “yes,” according to TMZ. She believes the assault was “an isolated incident,” the gossip website reported. TMZ reports they became engaged around November.
Pro ball player caught on video assaulting girlfriend
In the disturbing video, Vasquez can be seen repeatedly striking her as he dragged her down a stairwell.
Justin Verlander, star pitcher of the world champion Astros, ripped Vasquez on Twitter, using the “middle finger” emoji.
“I hope the rest of your life without baseball is horrible,” Verlander wrote Wednesday. “You deserve all that is coming your way!”
“The issue here is no one cared as much until a video was leaked & now everyone is outraged!? This is the reality of domestic violence,” fellow Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. tweeted Thursday. “Its always brutal, always sickening. We must fight for the victims, video or not. He should be in jail. If you need help, find it. People care.”
Verlander retweeted McCullers’ comment to his nearly two million followers.
Vasquez’s lawyer told TMZ that “I recall conversations about the extreme stress he was under and the pressures to perform that he was young.”
“Came to USA at a young age with no parents (accommodating him) and no guidance … just his dreams,” said the lawyer, who was not identified by TMZ. “She never excused his behavior just loved him enough to believe they could move forward.”