The Atlanta Falcons need another dog killer in their legacy just like Roger Goodell needs another quarterly bonus, but that is allegedly what they have with their young linebacker Prince Shembo.
Correction: had with Prince Shembo. The organization decided to relieve him of his football duties once Gwinnett County Police charged the 23-year-old player with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony. He reportedly killed his ex-girlfriend’s dog after it bit him on April 19.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Shembo was both tearful and remorseful when he learned of his fate with the law and the team.
“He didn’t mean to kill the dog,” his attorney Jerry Froelich told reporters outside the Gwinnett County jail and Shembo posted bond.
Unluckily for the hulking 250-pound athlete, this wasn’t a Rottweiler or rabid pit bull he offed with his karate kick. His ex-girlfriend Denicia Williams painfully found her tiny Yorkie named Dior unresponsive after she have left it in Shembo’s care. She later took it to Duluth Animal Hospital where it later died and the extent of its injuries was nothing short of shocking.
Police say the dog had a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising and hemorrhage in the muscles of 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. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma, per the necropsy report. Afterwards, the Falcons felt they had no choice.
“We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo,” the team said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office