Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season after video footage of him beating his dog appeared on social media.
The sophomore wideout finished offseason camp as a starting outside receiver on the depth chart. He is coming off of a freshman season with 9 catches, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“I am sorry that I took out my frustration on my dog and accept the punishment that comes with it. This incident will never, ever happen again,” said Zamora. “I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake.”
The decision on his suspension was not made until roughly a week after the footage appeared on the internet, but the degree of punishment is spot on. Alongside the three game suspension, Ish will have to perform 40 hours of community service in a manner that will instill in him kindness towards animals. Furthermore, the Baylor wide receiver will undergo counseling and must give up his dog to a friendly home.
Shockingly, people are still calling for Zamora’s release from the team. Despite this cry from certain fans in the Fort Worth region, Zamora is truly only deserving of a 1 or 2 game suspension – although I would have made it the first 2 conference games, and not the beginning of the season. 3 games is plenty enough, and Zamora appears to have learned his lesson.
With Ish out of the lineup for the first couple games, expect Quan Jones or Pooh Stricklin to step up.