Lisa Maria Garza
Ex- NFL player Zac Stacy was arrested Thursday at the Orlando International Airport after a video emerged depicting Stacy beating the mother of his infant son, according to the Orlando Police Department. The former running back was accused of beating the woman in Oakland last week, according to an Oakland Police arrest warrant released Thursday.
OPD arrested Stacy after he exited an inbound flight from Nashville and took him to Orange County Jail, said OPD’s Heidi Rodríguez.
Oakland police said officers responded to an emergency call Saturday around 2:30 p.m. and determined “a domestic violence battery had taken place and that the suspect, Zackary Stacy, had fled the scene,” the agency said in a statement.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office also tried to locate Stacy, a 30-year-old former running back for Vanderbilt University and later the St. Louis Rams and New York Jets, but “learned he had fled the state,” according to Oakland PD.
When officers arrived, they found the woman sitting on the living room couch with her shirt torn and food in her hair, an affidavit for Stacy’s arrest said.
Oakland police Detective Shawn Dozier wrote in the affidavit that he watched a video captured by the victim’s surveillance system that shows Stacy struck the woman twice, knocking her to the ground, then “picked her up like a ‘rag doll’ and threw her into a 65-inch television.”
The TV fell over on top of the woman, Dozier said, and “she balled up in a defensive manner.”
Footage also shows Stacy grabbing an object and throwing it at the woman’s head, according to Dozier.
“While she was still on the floor, pleading with [Stacy] to stop, he picked her up and body-slammed her down onto the baby walker, causing the object to break as she fell,” Dozier said.
Oakland police said in a statement that “efforts are underway to capture Stacy and we would urge him to turn himself in and face the criminal charges.”
The warrant affidavit for Stacy’s arrest shows he is wanted on felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief.
In a public Facebook post, the victim shared multiple video clips of the incident that have since gone viral with the caption: “Vanderbilt’s finest Zac Stacy violent domestic abuse in front of our 5 month old son.”
New York Daily News
Zac Stacy, a former Jets running back, violently assaulted his ex-girlfriend on Saturday, punching her in the head and then throwing her against a television and their son’s chair. The woman said Stacy was visiting her and their five-month-old son, who can be seen in the video.
The extremely graphic video was published by TMZ on Wednesday night.
Stacy’s ex-girlfriend filed for a restraining order against him on Monday, citing the attack, according to TMZ.
“He punched me several times in the head! I begged him to stop because the baby was on the couch just a few feet from where he punched me,” she wrote, describing the events seen in the video.
The woman apparently avoided any major injuries from the attack.
The 30-year-old Stacy played in the NFL for three seasons. He was drafted out of Vanderbilt by the Rams in 2013, playing two years in St. Louis before getting traded to New York. His eight games with the Jets in 2015 were his last in the league.
His career numbers include 17 starts (all with the Rams) and 1,355 rushing yards on 357 caries with nine touchdowns.
Several current and former NFL players responded to the video on Thursday. Retired defensive end Chris Long, who played with Stacy on the Rams, said the video “Made my stomach turn…. Crazy to play w someone for a couple years & you have no idea what kind of bulls—t they do at home.”
Packers receiver Davante Adams wrote that “ZAC STACY NEED TO BE THROWN UNDER THE JAIL. Any man that puts his hands on a woman is a coward. Can’t believe what I just saw.”