Zac Stacy’s former girlfriend, Desiree Wiley, has told a Dallas County court in a videotaped deposition that the NFL player was physically violent with her after they met in 2010.
In the deposition, shown in court on Monday, Wiley, 27, described being repeatedly choked by Stacy, who was playing football at Florida Atlantic University at the time. She said she recorded the incident in which she said Stacy repeatedly choked her “so I could leave”. Wiley said Stacy eventually caused a bruise on her cheek when she tried to stop him from punching a hole in a wall, according to ESPN.
Police charged Stacy, 23, with assault in April, saying he punched a doorbell as Wiley tried to exit their home to get a new cellphone. Last year, Stacy pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of domestic violence assault.
Zac Stacy was released by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year after failing to make a roster for the 2016 season. Photograph: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
Prosecutors said they received a copy of the video in June and then notified Stacy’s attorney. After viewing the video, the attorney, Scott Brown, contacted authorities and filed charges.
In the deposition, Wiley said Stacy was often aggressive in their relationship. “You can see it when he tried to hit me with a remote control one time,” she said. “I told him to stop and I kept trying to push him away. And he picked up a remote control again and hit me again with it.”
Stacy’s attorneys have dismissed the allegations as “bogus” and “fantastical”.
“It makes no sense to charge her with a crime when nothing was wrong,” Todd Lasry, Stacy’s former agent, told Sports Illustrated.
“Why would she try to extort her boyfriend, a Florida State football player, with a false story? This is a woman so hopeless in her love life she would concoct a fantastical story to try to extort the man who is the love of her life,” Lasry told the magazine.
“What makes Zac’s name stand out is he’s a hell of a football player and he’s a great husband and a wonderful person. She says, ‘Hey, I’m going to come out and tell everybody that I’m an extremely violent person.’ She’s a woman that wants to cash in on her horrific story, and that’s what she’s doing. She’s basically trying to get money for this.”