Former NFL player Zac Stacy was arrested in Florida on Thursday after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show him attacking his ex-girlfriend in front of their infant son.
Stacy, 30, was charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief, according to Orange County Jail records. The incident happened on Saturday, according to an arrest warrant issued earlier Thursday by police in Oakland, Florida.
Stacy’s ex-girlfriend, Kristin Evans, on Wednesday posted footage taken by two surveillance cameras inside her home to Facebook, asking people to “share please” because Stacy at the time “had not yet been apprehended”.
It appears to show the former New York Jets running back, hitting her in the head and throwing her into a TV while their infant son lay on the couch nearby.
The Oakland Police Department claimed in a statement Friday that Stacy “fled the scene” and then “fled the state.” After reviewing the footage, investigators obtained an arrest warrant based on these allegations of aggravated assault and criminal mischief, the department said.
The arrest warrant describes Stacy picking up Evans as “a rag doll”. She suffered injuries to her face, upper body and legs, the ruling states.
NBC News has contacted Stacy and his team for a comment.
He was remanded in custody by local police at Orlando International Airport after a flight from Nashville, Tennessee. He flew to Florida “with the intent to surrender,” Oakland police said.
During Stacy’s first appearance in the case Friday, his defense attorney reiterated that he traveled to the state immediately after learning that there was an arrest warrant for his arrest, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Prosecutors said in court that Stacy had left the state “immediately” after the alleged assault and asked the judge to order him to hand over his passport if he gets released, according to the report.
The judge agreed and set Stacy’s bond at just over $ 10,000, the Sentinel reported. He must have no contact with his ex-girlfriend and may not possess firearms or weapons.
Stacy said he intends to return to Tennessee, according to the newspaper.
In an interview with Telemundo, NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language network, Evans described that Stacy “forged” her in their baby’s bouncy chair.
“I just wanted to make sure I stayed conscious. He was in a rage,” Evans told Telemundo. “I was just scared, so I tried to calm him down as much as I could, to de-escalate the situation and stay conscious. That was all that went through my head at the time.”
The videos were widely shared on social media and condemned by NFL players and fans.
“Every man who lays his hands on a woman is a coward. Can’t believe what I’ve just seen,” Packers receiver Davante Adams tweeted.
“Woke up to the Zac Stacy video. Made my stomach turn,” Chris Long, who was Stacy’s teammate with St. Louis Rams, said.
The TransPerfect Music City Bowl, a post-season college football game, dropped Stacy as its youth ambassador on Thursday, saying in a statement that it would end its relationship with him immediately.
Evans told Telemundo that this was not the first time Stacy had been violent, including an alleged incident in August, when she “made a report of domestic violence” and ended the relationship. She said, “there was another time I applied for domestic battery: He punched me in the face while I was holding our son,” but did not say when.
The Oakland Police Department’s arrest warrant mentions two previously alleged incidents: one on August 16, which it describes as a “verbal altercation,” and another on September 26, in which charges were filed for “possible domestic violence,” but as police “was not able to locate” Mr. Stacy. “
The department’s statement on Friday described the charges in September:
“The suspect hit the victim on the left side of her face with a handful of mail and had left the scene before officers arrived,” it said. “The victim refused to prosecute or prosecute the defendant. The Oakland Police Department nevertheless filed a charge of domestic violence with the state prosecutor’s office.”
On Saturday, Stacy texted Evans asking to visit their son, something she allowed as an “olive branch” when the couple was in mediation, she told police, according to the arrest warrant.
Evans told Telemundo that Stacy was angry after they discussed “what he thought was an incident” a year ago when she met one of his friends, who at the time was acting as Stacy’s financial advisor.