CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Former Houston Astros minor league baseball player Danry Vasquez expressed regret for the beating of a woman in 2016 that was caught on camera, according to his attorney.
WARNING: The video attached to this story is graphic and may be disturbing to some.
KRIS-TV reported Wednesday that, through his attorney, Vasquez said that he was ashamed of his actions.
The video showed Vasquez and a woman in a stairwell at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi in 2016. Vasquez could be seen hitting the woman several times as they walk downstairs.
After the video was released, the Lancaster Barnstormers, in Pennsylvania, announced they had released Vasquez from the team.
Vasquez joined the Barnstormers in January after he was released by the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros, after his arrest in connection with the 2016 assault.
Prosecutors said that the case against Vasquez was dismissed after he completed a pretrial diversion program.
Vasquez' attorney said that prosecutors offered his client the first-time offenders program after the victim would not cooperate with investigators.
The Nueces County District Attorney's Office released the following statement:
As part of the pretrial diversion agreement — functionally probation — with Mr. Vasquez, he was required to complete a myriad of conditions, including several required of him by Major League Baseball.
We incorporated those conditions into our agreement. Those conditions included a 52-lesson Batterers Intervention course; a 16-hour Anger Management course; that he meet with a psychologist; and that he refrain from using alcohol or illicit drugs for the duration of the one-year period.
With the permission of his lawyer, we are publishing photos of those conditions to illuminate some of what was required.
We stand committed to being transparent; listening to and taking to heart your concerns and your safety; and protecting the citizens of Nueces County.
Domestic violence has no place in our community; and where it is taking place, we will take to task those hurting their loved ones.
Astros players reacted to the video on social media.
WARNING: Some of the messages include language some might find offensive.
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. It’s 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. https://t.co/1ZhHnJlX3o— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) March 15, 2018
🖕🏻 you man. I hope the rest of your life without baseball is horrible. You deserve all that is coming your way! https://t.co/e8nJ8urUAJ— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 15, 2018