“I Fear For My Life And My Children’s Lives’ | Victim Of Former NFL Player Zac Stacy’s Brutal Domestic Abuse Speaks Out

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Former NFL player Zac Stacy was arrested in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday after he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief for an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend.

The assault was captured on video and showed Stacy throwing Kristin Evans into a television and striking her repeatedly. The incident happened in front of their 5-month old son, according to reports.

The Incident

According to TMZ, Evans filed a restraining order against Stacy. Evans claimed the now-viral incident happened on Nov. 13. According to reports, Evans received treatment for bumps, bruises, and a cut on her head from the incident.

“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,” Evans wrote in the restraining order application according to reports. “I fear for my life and my children’s lives.”

Stacy, 30, surrendered to police in Orlando on Thursday, according to TMZ Sports. The alleged assault reportedly happened over the weekend, and authorities thought Stacy had fled the state.

Arrest & Charges

TMZ reported that the police have said that Stacy flew back into Florida from Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night. He came back to Orlando “with the intention of turning himself in.” Stacy was then taken into custody by Orlando police.

However, the judge has ordered Stacy to surrender his passport to avoid jail time; however, he is in jail currently. According to TMZ Sports, Stacy explained to the judge that his passport was in his car in Tennessee.

However, the former NFL receiver updated the judge via his attorney that a friend may access it and mail it to Florida, but not until the weekend. Stacy will still have to post a $10,150 bond after surrendering the passport.

Stacy is facing felonies that could land him up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The Victim

Kristin Evans took to social media to express her exuberance at Stacy’s arrest on her Instagram page.

“Personally I feel like the state should have several more charges, but thank you to everyone who made this possible!!! We are halfway there,” she wrote.

The video caused outrage on social media and highlighted the plight of victims of domestic violence.

Football Career

Stacy is from Alabama and was a college running back at Vanderbilt. He played in the NFL from 2013 to 2015, first signing with the Los Angeles Rams in 2013 to a $2.3 million, four-year contract. Stacy was a fifth-round pick in the NFL draft.

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Stacy started for the Rams during his first season, but that changed when the Rams drafted Tre Mason the following year and made him a starter. Later, Stacy was traded to the New York Jets in 2015 for a seventh-round draft pick after Stacy requested a release from the Rams.

Stacy played three seasons in the NFL, racking up 1,355 rushing yards, 358 receiving yards, and three fumbles for the Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets combined.

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However, Stacy had an ankle injury in his 2015 season with the New York Jets, and he was cut for the injuries. In 2016, Stacy retired from the NFL.

 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.