Ex-NFL player Zac Stacy makes first court appearance after arrest at Orlando International Airport

Attack is case of domestic violence, police say

OAKLAND, Fla. – Former NFL running back Zac Stacy made his first court appearance Friday morning following his arrest at the Orlando International Airport.

He was booked into the Orange County jail late Thursday night after being accused of attacking a woman inside a home in Oakland.

Orlando police said they received information from the Oakland Police Department that Stacy would be arriving at the airport. Officers took him into custody as he exited a flight coming in from Nashville.

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During his first appearance, Stacy’s attorney said he was served with a temporary injunction ordering him to stay away from the victim. Stacy was in touch with his attorney Thursday morning and said he booked a flight back to Orlando as soon as a warrant was issued for his arrest. His bond was set at $10,150.

Oakland police said they were called to a home on a domestic violence investigation at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. Investigators said Stacy had already taken off from the scene before they arrived.

Oakland police said they notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Office about the search for Stacy. Deputies initially said the former pro football player had already left the state.

The victim told police she and Stacy have a child together. She said that she was allowing him to see the child as an “olive branch” as they are currently in mediation, records show.

She said that the pair began arguing and Stacy attacked her.

Surveillance video showing the attack was posted to social media. It shows a man hitting a woman and throwing her into a television, which then falls on her after she hits the ground. Police confirmed that this is the same video given to them by the victim and is being used in the investigation.

Stacy faces charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief.

Stacy previously played for the Rams and the Jets.

The Harbor House of Central Florida said anyone who is living in fear of domestic violence can call or text an advocate at 407-886-2856.

About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.