Justin Verlander has a finger and a few words for the baseball player who was caught on video abusing his girlfriend.
“🖕🏻 you man,” the Astros star wrote on Twitter late Wednesday. “I hope the rest of your life without baseball is horrible. You deserve all that is coming your way!”
Like Ray Rice, the video — not the act being filmed — is what has all but ended his baseball career, a fact that bothers Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr.All that is coming Danry Vasquez’s way is shame and sinking hopes of getting back into baseball. The outfielder was cut from the Astros’ Double-A minor league affiliate in 2016 after the incident at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. After Kris TVobtained the video this week, the 24-year-old was released from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.
“The issue here is no one cared as much until a video was leaked & now everyone is outraged!?” McCullers wrote Thursday. “This is the reality of domestic violence. It’s always brutal, always sickening. We must fight for the victims, video or not. He should be in jail. If you need help, find it. People care.”
Vasquez avoided jail after his girlfriend — now wife — did not cooperate. Instead, he completed various betterment courses, including a 52-session batterers intervention course and a 16-hour anger management course. The baseball world seems happy he is now out of it.
“This is beyond disturbing behavior and hard to find words,” wrote former longtime big leaguer Jerry Hairston Jr. “Just because you’re Male doesn’t make you a Man. Whatever punishment this guy has coming to him, it won’t be enough. #Sick”