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Former NFL running back Zac Stacy was arrested in Orlando last week after his ex-girlfriend turned over a video that allegedly showed him physically attacking her in front of their 5-month-old son, according to reports.
The 30-year-old retired pro football player is now facing aggravated battery and criminal mischief charges following the incident. Stacy was arrested at Orlando International Airport on Nov. 18 after he boarded a flight from Nashville to Orlando. Police had been looking for him for approximately a week, according to Orlando television station WESH.
Stacy had previously been wanted on a warrant related to the Nov. 13 domestic incident involving his former partner, Kristin Evans. According to Evans, who reported the incident to law enforcement, Stacy attacked her following a verbal dispute while visiting their 5-month-old son at her home, the Associated Press reported.
She later provided investigators with surveillance video which purports to show the alleged physical encounter. In the recording, Stacy can be seen allegedly hitting her numerous times, slamming her into a television, and throwing her to the ground, according to the Associated Press.
“This is a very serious charge,” Stacy’s private defense attorney, Thomas Luka, told Oxygen.com on Monday afternoon. “Mr. Stacy is taking it very seriously. But discovery has not even yet to commence.”
Luka described the video, which Evans gave to investigators, as an “extraordinarily key” piece of evidence. The Florida-based attorney said he needed to confirm more information about the nearly minute-long clip before commenting further.
“The longest section I’ve seen is 53 seconds,” Luka explained. “I don’t have any sort of other context before that or after that. It appears from the video that I saw that there was more than one camera angle. So there might be two different cameras or two different recordings. I would like to see all of that.”
Luka added his client is suffering from “pretty severe” mental health issues and plans to check himself into an inpatient program in Colorado on Dec. 1.
Evans alleged Stacy had been abusing her since May.
"He has bullied me for so long that at one point, I believed it was my fault,” Evans added. “I never did anything to deserve something like this — no one could do anything to deserve something like this.”
Evans, who watched Stacy’s bond hearing online, said she didn’t initially report the alleged abuse because she was pregnant at the time.
“I wanted my son's dad to be there for me and for the birth of his first child,” she added. “So I forgave him."
Stacy was released on Saturday after posting a $10,150 bond, which had previously been set by a judge during a preliminary court date a day earlier. The judge also barred Stacy from having any contact with the mother of his son and ordered him to turn over his passport, as well as any weapons.
Stacy, who played three seasons in the NFL, was drafted in 2013 by the St. Louis Rams. He also played for the New York Jets. In 2018, Stacy played a season in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 30-year-old currently lives in Nashville, his lawyer said. If convicted, Stacy faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison.
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