Americans were shocked last week after a disturbing video emerged that appeared to show former NFL running back Zac Stacy brutally beating his ex-girlfriend.
According to Fox News, the 30-year-old ex-NFL star was taken into custody last week in Orlando, Florida following a manhunt. He now faces charges of criminal mischief and aggravated battery for the attack.
Fox News included a short video clip originally obtained by TMZ Sports in which Stacey can allegedly be seen hurling the woman into a television. A small child was shown sitting nearby as the violent scene played out.
Stacy also appeared to drag his girlfriend around the room while striking her multiple times while she begs for him to stop the violent outburst. Fox reported that Stacy had already fled before Oakland, Florida police officers arrived on the scene.
The victim has been identified as Kristin Evans, and she praised authorities in a since-deleted Instagram post, saying, “Personally I feel like the state should have several more charges, but thank you to everyone who made this possible!!! We are halfway there.”
Not a new concept
The NFL has long faced controversy over domestic violence, with some critics complaining that it has not taken the problem seriously enough.
The league announced in January that former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler had been arrested following a domestic violence incident in King County, Washington.
It stated that Wheeler had been charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn domestic violence,” the player’s former team said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team,” the statement continued, adding that those facing domestic violence should “call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.”
The NFL reported five months later that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman was also arrested on charges relating to domestic violence.
Sherman was already under investigation for a hit-and-run accident in which he was alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.