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The TransPerfect Music City Bowl cut ties Thursday with former NFL running back Zac Stacy as its ambassador after a video from TMZ showed Stacy beating his former girlfriend in front of their 5-month-old son.
Stacy, 30, was named the Youth Football Ambassador earlier this month for the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Stacy was the 2012 most valuable player of the bowl.
“Based on the video and domestic violence report regarding Zac Stacy, the TransPerfect Music City Bowl has terminated the relationship with Zac Stacy effective immediately," the Music City Bowl said in a statement.
The Oakland (Florida) Police Department provided the following statement to USA TODAY Sports.
"On Nov. 13, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Oakland Police officers responded to an emergency call about a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived on scene within two minutes, and were able to determine a domestic violence battery had taken place and that the suspect, Zackary Stacy, had fled the scene. Officers continued to search for Stacy, and the case was forwarded to the investigations unit of the Oakland Police Department to establish probable cause to secure a warrant for Stacy’s arrest.
"As the suspect was believed to be outside of Oakland PD jurisdiction, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office attempted to apprehend Stacy, but learned he had fled the state. Efforts are underway to capture Stacy, and we would urge him to turn himself in and face the criminal charges. This is an active and ongoing investigation, and this is all the information we have for release at this time."
TMZ Sports reported Stacy, who starred at Vanderbilt and played for two NFL teams across three seasons, became upset while arguing with his ex-girlfriend, started swinging at her and then grabbed her off a couch and threw her into a flat-screen television.
The television fell on the woman as she tried to calm Stacy down. TMZ did not identify the woman in its report.
The TMZ report said the woman filed a restraining order and alleged: "He punched me several times in the head! I begged him to stop because the baby was on the couch just a few feet from where he punched me."
"He then picked me up and threw me into my TV. The TV began to fall and he turned to make sure I wasn't getting up. As I laid on the floor he began to yell at me, telling me I'm destructive. He then picked me up off the floor and off my feet and body slammed me into our son's bouncy seat."
The woman also said in the order that she was hospitalized with bumps and bruises and a possible cut to her head.
According to a police affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the video was from a surveillance system in the residence.
The officer said there was probable cause to charge Stacy with aggravated battery and felony criminal mischief.
Stacy was a fifth-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2013. He played two seasons with the Rams and one with the New York Jets. He rushed for a total of 1,355 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
Attempts by The Tennessean, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, to contact Stacy were unsuccessful on Thursday. An automated message on Stacy's phone stated the number was temporarily unavailable.
Contributing: Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY Sports
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Zac Stacy out as Bowl ambassador after video of beating ex-girlfriend