Prince Shembo, a second-year linebacker who started three games for the Atlanta Falcons last year, has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking and killing his girlfriend’s dog. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also reporting that Shembo was arrested. In the lead-up to last year’s draft, Shembo admitted that he was the Notre Dame player who was involved in the Lizzy Seeberg investigation (but denied wrongdoing).
UPDATE: Via the AJC, here’s a picture of the Yorkie that was allegedly killed by Shembo:
A necropsy was conducted at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, and tissues samples were sent to the University of Georgia for further testing, according to police. Dior had significant internal injuries and the cause of death was blunt force trauma, veterinarians determined. The dog had a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising and hemorrhage in the muscles in her front leg and shoulders, head trauma, hemorrhage and edema in lungs, hemorrhage between the esophagus and trachea, and hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries, police said.
UPDATE II: The Falcons announced they have waived Shembo.