Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo cried after he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty for beating and killing his ex-girlfriend’s 5-pound Yorkshire terrier back on April 15, reported myfoxatlanta.com. Shembo was also cut by the Atlanta Falcons as a result of the charge. He is currently out of jail on a $15,000 bond.
According to myfoxatlanta.com, Shembo’s ex-girlfriend, Denicia Williams, left Shembo alone with her dog, Dior, for a little while at Shembo’s apartment. When she returned, she found her beloved dog unresponsive. Williams rushed Dior to the veterinarian, whereupon she learned he “suffered trauma and was in severe pain.” Dior died shortly thereafter.
Dior’s untimely demise was not without much suffering. Police told AJC.com that a necropsy performed by Gwinnett County Animal Shelter indicates Dior “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.”
Through his attorney, Shembo said it was an “accident.” Shembo claims “he didn’t mean to kill [Dior]”; that he kicked him in response to being bitten. However, when asked by Williams the day after Dior’s demise whether it was the first time he had kicked her dog, Shembo replied, “no,” reported AJC.com. Thereafter, Williams contacted law enforcement authorities.
The necropsy report certainly doesn’t support the “accident” claim. In addition, according to a statement given to myfoxatlanta.com by Williams’ father, “Shembo was a jealous boyfriend who was jealous of the attention given to the dog, which she had for three years.”
According to google.com, Shembo is a 6-foot-2, 258-pound man. He was a linebacker at Notre Dame and later for the Atlanta Falcons. As a linebacker, he is trained to tackle the guy with the ball – that is, other strong and fit football players. Dior was a tiny 5-pound dog. A tiny dog is no match for a man of this size and in this occupation, as evidenced by the extent of Dior’s injuries.
These facts – whether or not Shembo is found guilty in a court of law – makes Shembo’s actions towards a defenseless animal the epitome of cowardice in the eyes of animal lovers across the globe. Shembo admitted to Williams that he kicked her small dog on more than one occasion. Similarly, his attorney publicly stated Shembo kicked Williams’ dog, except he added adjectives and terms favorable to his client, such as “accident,” “he didn’t mean to…,” “it bit him,” “he made a mistake,” and “[h]e’s in tears.” The last statement just makes him a crybaby and solidifies the “cowardice” angle.
The question on people’s minds now is whether this will be another Michael Vick scenario. If Shembo is convicted, will the NFL welcome him back with open arms, as it did with Vick? Will Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, also “embrace” Shembo, as he did Vick, “the most notorious animal abuser of our time” to be “an HSUS spokesman and [agree] to help him improve his image and get back into the NFL,” as reported by Nathan J. Winograd?
A YouTube video of Shembo’s booking can be seen here.
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