Former NFL player arrested after disturbing video shows attack of ex-girlfriend

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Update: Former NFL player Zac Stacy was arrested Thursday night in Orange County, Florida, on charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, and criminal mischief.

A former NFL player is on the run Thursday after a disturbing video surfaced showing a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend and it was all done in front of their baby.

WINK News wants to warn you that portions of the above video you’re are difficult to watch and contain scenes of domestic violence that may be upsetting for some viewers.

STACY, ZACKARY LATRELL. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

The CEO of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Linda Oberhaus, said the video took her breath away. She says the video could trigger a traumatic response for some.

Oberhaus said domestic violence can often happen behind closed doors so most people don’t really know the level to which it can escalate.

In the 44 second video, you can see former NFL player, Zac Stacy, violently attacking his ex-girlfriend in her home near Orlando.

He’s on the run and there is a warrant out for his arrest.

His ex-girlfriend now has this message. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has continued to support me in this ordeal. He’s still not apprehended. I don’t know why. His friends are hiding him.”

Oberhaus said violence like this does happen and often times we don’t know it. “The kinds of things that we saw on that video, you wouldn’t… People wouldn’t typically see that out in public. That usually happens behind closed doors.”

But, she said, there are warning signs you can watch out for.

“Jealousy, possessiveness, accusing your partner of, you know, infidelity, you know, tracking that person’s spending, monitoring where they’re going, all those kinds of things.”

Oberhaus said this kind of violence doesn’t just happen overnight. “It escalates over time. So, chances are she has been abused in the past. The fact that you saw her so calm on the video probably has something to do with her protective nature. You know, she’s a mom. There’s a baby in the house. She’s trying to deescalate the situation.”

Police in central Florida police said Zac Stacy likely left the state.

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Resources for victims of domestic violence in Southwest Florida

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. on CW, WINK News is airing a one-hour special on domestic violence.

Many think of domestic violence as physical hitting with potential signs of bruising of a victim, but it can also include verbal, mental, financial, and other types of abuse.

It can also impact people of all ages and of any sex.

During the hour we’ll tell the stories of survivors, red flags to look out for in a relationship, and provide resources.

If you can’t watch it live, check back here for the full special after it airs. 


Charlotte County
Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies
Phone: 941-639-5499
Hotline: 941-627-6000
SMS Text: 941-449-8534
TDD: 941-627-6000

Collier County
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Phone: 239-775-3862
Hotline: 239-775-1101
TDD: 239-775-4265

DeSoto County
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Phone: 941-365-0208
Hotline: 941-365-1976
TDD: 941-365-1976

Glades County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112

Hendry County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112

Lee County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112

Below are mental health resources available to Southwest Floridians at the national and local levels.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

David Lawrence Center  (Collier County)

SalusCare (Lee County)

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Collier County

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry Counties

The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a free handbook
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers

Collier County Mental Health Court

Lee County Mental Health Court

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Local Support Groups: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help)

Local veterans resource: Home Base SWFL

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