Prince Shembo was let go by the Falcons just a few hours after it was announced that the second-year linebacker was charged in Georgia with felony animal cruelty. By selecting Shembo in the fourth round of the 2014, the Falcons may not have done the right thing, suggests Yard Barker on May 30, but apparently that wrong has been made right!
Waving the linebacker in a timely manner “mere hours after he was charged, writes Yard Barker after Shembo was accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog in cold blood. Police reported that the Yorkie’s injuries were extensive, according to AJC.com.
According to AJC, “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,” which is what the police reported.
On Friday afternoon Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony according to Cpl. Michele Pihera. Once the charges were filed Shembo did surrender to police then posted his $15,000 bond and released at about 10 a.m. from Gwinnett County Jail. He was also released from the team on Friday for this horrendous incident he is charged with, according to the Albany Herald.
Shembo’s girlfriend, Denica Williams, called police on April 19 to report that her boyfriend, Falcon’s player Shembo, had killed her dog, a Yorkie named Dior. She told police that for the last four days she and her Yorkie were staying with Shembo at his place in the Mall of Georgia apartment complex. Williams said that her dog was at home with Shembo alone at the time it died.
It was some point during that four day stay she had left the dog at home with Shembo to go out and when she arrived back at the apartment, the dog was unresponsive. She took the dog to an animal hospital, where the dog didn’t last too long after arriving at this vet.
Attorney Jerry Froelich said that Shembo “was in tears” over both the arrest and the release from this team. He said that he didn’t mean to hurt the dog. He kicked his girlfriend’s dog because the dog bit him. The former Falcons player owns a dog and has never hurt his pet.
The following day Williams broke up with Shembo after he made comments about the dog dying. The vet had sent tissue samples of the dog out to a lab after a necropsy was performed. The dog died from blunt force trauma, the veterinarians concurred.
This is not the first time Shembo has been at the center of an investigation. He was accused of sexually assaulting a college freshman back in 2010 in his dorm room. The girl killed herself 10-days later by overdosing on pills.
When this came up when Shembo was drafted he said, ““Pretty much it was an unfortunate event,” Shembo told reporters after being drafted. “My name was pretty much cleared. It’s behind me now. I just want to focus on playing football for the Atlanta Falcons.”