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Petitioners against Ishmael Zamora now planning protests

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One of the voices behind the petition to get Ishmael Zamora kicked off of the Baylor football team said the group is still planning action even though the university has suspended him for three games.

The Baylor wide receiver has come under fire after a video of him beating his dog with a belt and kicking it was first shown on News Channel 25.

The player received a citation for a class C misdemeanor and a fine. Baylor's acting head coach recently announced that Zamora will sit out for three games, perform 40 hours of community service, and seek counseling as further punishment for the animal abuse. 

Jeff Gross is one of the people behind a petition to have Zamora completely removed from the football team.

"[The punishment] was a let down, honestly. Most of us think it should be more," Gross said."Ultimately, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. That’s where we stand on it."

Gross said people are now planning to stand together against Baylor.

"There has to be somewhat of a physical presence to help people realize this is not going to go away," he said. 

A Facebook post inviting people to join the event page was setup to organize the protests,.

The page said that it "will be used to plan and publish protest events which will be aimed primarily at the scheduled football games hosted by #baylor at #mclanestadium."

On the Protest Baylor's Support of Abuse page, it said that a "series of protest activities to protest each and every Baylor home game to bring awareness of Baylor's deplorable support of animal abuse," is what the goal of the page is. 

Gross said that showing up to protest should get Baylor's attention.

"This isn’t going to end. it’s not going to go away, so they need to think about that," he said.

Gross said that just seeing the video of Zamora abusing his dog made him want to start the petition. He hopes that if Baylor sees protesters, it will encourage the school to get tougher on its student athletes. 

"That’s the only way people are going to see that people are very serious about this," said Gross.

The protest page says that protest will be planned for each home game up until November 20.

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