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Nov. 24 update: The woman in the Zac Stacy video is Kristin Evans, former girlfriend of the ex-NFL player and mother to their 5-month-old child. Since the publication of this story, Evans has granted interviews with select media organizations and appeared on TV to share her story. The USA TODAY Network, in most cases, does not identify victims in domestic violence cases. However, because Evans has spoken publicly about the case, she is being identified here.
Victim gives statement in court: 'You've seen the video, what he did,' Kristin Evans says about Zac Stacy
Original story posted Nov. 19:
Zac Stacy, a former NFL player, was arrested in Orange County after a video reportedly showed him beating his ex-girlfriend in front of their 5-month-old son in her Florida home.
The video — obtained and released by TMZ — has gone viral on social media, and the former NFL football running back for the New York Jets and then-St. Louis Rams was booked into jail Thursday, according to Orange County Corrections Department records.
Here's what we know.
What happened with Zac Stacy?
The affidavit stated the Oakland Police Department responded to an emergency at the victim's home Nov. 13, where officers found that she "appeared to be emotionally distraught with tears in her eyes."
The affidavit stated that the victim's shirt was torn, she had food in her hair, a large, flat-screen television was knocked over and broken, there was food scattered on the floor and a baby's bouncy chair was knocked over and broken.
An arrest warrant for Stacy, 30, was issued Wednesday, records show.
Stacy faces charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief (under $1,000) and was booked into jail Thursday, according to Orange County Corrections Department records.
Oakland police said it got a tip that Stacy was boarding a flight from Nashville to Orlando with the intention of turning himself in, the department said in a news release Friday morning.
Stacy was taken into custody without incident after his flight arrived at Orlando International Airport, OPD said.
What's on the Zac Stacy video?
Oakland Police detective Shawn Dozier wrote in the arrest affidavit that he observed the surveillance footage, which showed the incident. Dozier wrote that the video showed Stacy "strike the victim twice to the back of her head with the first strike with an unknown object in his hand." According to the affidavit, the second blow was with a closed fist to the back of the head that knocked the victim down.
Dozier continued to write that Stacy "picked up the victim like a 'rag doll' and threw her into a 65-inch television" that fell on top of the victim after she crashed into it and fell to the floor. The affidavit stated that Stacy stood over the victim in a "threatening manner" and that he went to the couch and grabbed an object that he threw at her, striking her in the front of the head.
The affidavit stated that the victim pleaded with Stacy to stop throughout the entire episode.
Dozier wrote that the victim suffered "a contusion to her face, bruises to her torso, contusion to her left leg, and abrasions to her right leg."
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What do the charges mean?
The aggravated battery charge — great bodily harm — is a second-degree felony. The criminal mischief charge — willful destruction of another person's property — is a third-degree felony.
Was this the first domestic violence incident with Zac Stacy and his ex-girlfriend?
The affidavit stated the Oakland Police Department previously responded to the same residence on two occasions. On Aug. 16, police were called due to a verbal dispute between Stacy and the woman. On Sept. 26, police were called because of a possible domestic violence incident in which Stacy allegedly battered the woman. According to police, Stacy could not be located after the second incident and charges were filed with the State Attorney's Office.
Which teams did Zac Stacy play for in the NFL?
Stacy was a running back for the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. He played three seasons in the NFL from 2013-15. His first two seasons were with the Rams and his final year with the Jets. Stacy also played for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football in spring 2019.
From 2009-12, Stacy was a running back with the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Did Zac Stacy do volunteer work?
Stacy had been serving as an ambassador for the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, which cut ties with Stacy on Thursday after the video was published.
“Based on the video and domestic violence report regarding Zac Stacy, the TransPerfect Music City Bowl has terminated the relationship with Zac Stacy effective immediately," the Music City Bowl said in a statement.
Vanderbilt football Coach Clark Lea responded to news of the video on Thursday.
"We're aware of the disturbing videos," Lea said. "Obviously, we absolutely condemn acts of domestic violence. The behavior has no place in our society and that's really all I want to say about it. It's disturbing."
Stacy appeared in court hours after his arrest at Orlando International Airport. He faces prison if convicted on the charges.
Where is Oakland, Florida?
Oakland is a town in Orange County, located about 20 miles from Orlando. Oakland is between Clermont and Winter Garden.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Zac Stacy video: Former NFL player arrested in Florida