US baseball player caught on camera battering girlfriend

The incident took place when Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks

Danry Vasquez was caught hitting his girlfriend twice

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A baseball player in America's minor leagues has been caught on camera beating his girlfriend in a case which has caused fury on social media.

CCTV footage caught Danry Vasquez, 24, repeatedly slapping and grabbing his girlfriend as they walked down a flight of stairs in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

The footage, which apparently dates from 2016 but has only just come to light, shows the Venezuelan outfielder slapping his girlfriend with the back of his hand, before dragging her down the stairs after she slips and falls over.

Vasquez is then seen helping his partner up and the pair begin walking downstairs, but Vasquez then slaps his girlfriend again and grabs her as she cowers on the floor.

It is thought that the footage was filmed at Whataburger Field, where Vasquez played for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

It is not clear what, if anything, prompted the vicious assault, but Vasquez has already been released by his latest team, the Lancaster Barnstormers.

A statement from the club read: "A recently released video out of Corpus Christi, Texas portrays a domestic violence episode involving Vasquez. Upon being made aware of the nature of the incident, the Barnstormers made a prompt decision to cut ties with the 24-year old outfielder.

Manager Ross Peeples said “there is no choice but to sever the relationship. Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior.”

A criminal case has been pursued against Vasquez, but it was dismissed last week as the athlete had complied with his part of a plea agreement.

You can watch the footage below, although some viewers may find it upsetting.