By The Sports Xchange
Baylor sophomore wide receiver Ishmael Zamora, who was suspended this past season for three games over an animal abuse incident, plans to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Zamora is eligible for this year’s draft since he redshirted in 2014 followed by two seasons on the field.
“I made this decision for a lot of reasons and family is the No. 1. I loved Baylor just as much as the next guy but I couldn’t stay there forever,” Zamora wrote on his Twitter account late Saturday night.
Zamora made 63 catches for 809 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games in 2016.
EXOS also announced Zamora was joining its NFL Combine training program.
Zamora was suspended for the first three games of the season, drawing national attention after a video surfaced of the wide receiver beating his dog with a belt and kicking the animal. He was charged with a misdemeanor and given a citation and a fine.
Baylor also required that Zamora perform 40 hours of community service “in a manner that will teach him kindness and respect toward animals.”
Zamora had to undergo counseling and relinquish his dog to an animal-friendly home. He sent the dog to live with relatives in Houston after the incident.
“I am sorry that I took out my frustration on my dog and accept the punishment that comes with it,” Zamora said in a statement in August. “This incident will never, ever happen again. I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake. I apologize to my family, teammates, Baylor University and our fans for my actions.
“Eventually, I hope that everyone can see who I really am and that I am not a terrible person. This incident does not and will not define me, and I know that I am the one who will have to prove that to others in the days ahead.