WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor sophomore receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for the first three games of the season after a video surfaced of him beating his dog with a belt this summer.
Zamora in a statement Tuesday apologized for his actions, saying he was sorry that he took out his frustrations on his dog.
Baylor acting coach Jim Grobe said the program does not condone that sort of behavior by anyone, and worked with university officials to hold Zamora accountable for his actions.
Waco police charged Zamora with a misdemeanor in the animal abuse case. The receiver will also have also perform 40 community service hours in a manner that will teach him kindness and respect toward animals, undergo counseling and give the dog to an animal-friendly home.
The 23rd-ranked Bears open the season Friday night against Northwestern State.