The ex-girlfriend of Danry Vasquez who was the victim of a vicious stairwell beating recently seen on video regrets not pressing charges on the baseball player.
21-year-old Fabiana Perez revealed that she stayed with the minor league baseball player for months after the domestic abuse caught on surveillance. Perez was 19 at the time and says the two were engaged when Vasquez beat her inside of a Whataburger Field stairwell in Corpus Christi, TX. Perez didn’t want to press charges at the time, which she said she now regrets.
“Now, when I watch the video, I remember things and I say: ‘How could this have happened, why did I not do anything, why did I not react?’”
Perez admitted that she was scared of the consequences Vasquez would face if she pressed charges. But she has since forgiven him.
“May God forgive him, only he knows what he did,” Perez said. “If I had the conscience I have now, I would have made another decision.”
Looking back on the shocking 2016 footage, Perez says she got a lesson from it.
“When there is a lack of mutual respect, things change, things get out of control,” she told Univision. “That’s why you always have to maintain respect, values [and] communication in a relationship.”
24-year-old Vasquez is now asking for forgiveness and saying he’s “truly changed” since the domestic abuse attack. Vasquez married his girlfriend that he proposed to in November 2017.
The Venezuela native who was recently released by the Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers after the shocking footage surfaced late Tuesday spoke on how he has “matured”.
“This incident happened almost two years ago,” Vasquez said. “I’ve truly changed. I’m engaging in activities that have helped me change. I’ve matured as a person and I know what I did, or at least what was seen, which shouldn’t be seen as an example or anything that can be amended.”
Vasquez completed requirements of his probation in connection with the domestic attack. He has since moved on to a woman he now married to.
“I’m actually married, and not with the woman with whom the incident occurred,” Vasquez said. “I respect, value and love my wife. She has supported me throughout all of this and has been there for me unconditionally the whole way.”
Vasquez still acknowledges that the stairwell footage is hard to watch.
“I also realize that scenes from this incident were powerful,” Vasquez told the outlet. “As a public figure, I should be setting a better example. Today, I ask for forgiveness and want to show that this will not happen again. I understand there will be more backlash and I’m leaving everything in God’s hands.”
The Lancaster Barnstormers said they released Vasquez after seeing the shocking video on Tuesday.
“There is no choice but to sever the relationship,” manager Ross Peeples said. “Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior.”
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