Falcons linebacker accused of killing very small dog

Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo didn’t just allegedy kick a dog and kill it, he allegedly found one of the smallest dogs possible to kick and kill.

According to Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police documents say Shembo killed his then-girlfriend’s pet Yorkie named Dior.

Yorkshire terriers, which top out around 7 pounds, are no match for 254-pound linebackers, it seems.

The Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, following an April 15 incident.

According to the report, his then-girlfriend Denicia Williams told police she had taken Dior to Shembo’s apartment, and left the dog there. When she returned, the dog was unresponsive, and died a short time later at an animal hospital.

She said the next day, Shembo told her he killed the dog, at which point she broke up with him.

A necropsy was performed at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, where the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

According to the report, 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.”

The Falcons drafted Shembo in the fourth round last year from Notre Dame.

Photo credit: Gwinnett Police.

122 responses to “Falcons linebacker accused of killing very small dog

  1. I’m sure if this is accurate, Atlanta will cut him and someone else will pick him up when the dust settles.

  2. Falcons linebacker accused of killing very small dog
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    That’s because Prince Shembo has very small character

  3. If this is true, he is one sick bastard. If I were Goodell, if this proves true, I would ban him from the game for killing an innocent animal.

  4. I am truly sickened by this. If he did, in fact, kill this poor dog, well, you know. SMH

  5. WOW, how stupid does this moron have to be to do this?
    Just shows how poor his judgement is.
    He will be gone from the Falcons quicker than you can say Mike Vick.

  6. I know this is awful, but dont anybody do anything rash. Obviously a big guy like him is easy to find around town.

    And now someone is gonna sneak up behind him and hit him in the head with a bat or spray him with acid or urine or something when hes not looking, but I really dont think thats ok, let the authorities deal with him, he will certainly suffer a lengthy probation im sure.

  7. That is psychopathic behavior. I doubt he’ll limit his future violence to animals. Next it will be women and or children.

    I believe he should start looking into finding another line of work, outside of professional football.

  8. Man…anyone who causes such a crime and do something so horrible to an animal should have the exact same punishment in return….sorry…but that’s pathetic…I don’t “wish” any harm on anyone or anything but when someone does harm they should get harm. the exact same way. and ending in the exact same result. simple.

  9. This subhuman scum is a coward. Seems he did this to get back at her, or did it to amuse himself. I sincerely wish triple the suffering to him that he caused this innocent animal.

  10. Falcons hate dogs.

    This guy should be put down. It’s the humane thing to do.

  11. I’m a Notre Dame homer to the core, but I could never stomach cheering for him again. Gutless and psychotic.

  12. Where do these people come from? 1st- why did she leave her dog with him to begin with…..2nd- if he didn’t like the dog why did he let her..you make millions bring the dog to a dog day care for the day….he should have to pee in a cup, something aint right here……

  13. Does the size of the dog really even matter? I know women say size matters but in this particular case I don’t think it does. It’s sick no matter what kind of dog it was.

  14. Too many people think the wrong way on these things….”im sure hel get a lengthy probation” What did the dog get? he’s not going to just be alive after a certain amount of time…that was a loved one and was murdered…how is “probation” serving justice on such a situation…god this world is so messed up.

  15. You people just don’t understand what pumping all these horse steroids and stuff into a person’s body does to a man’s psyche, lol. This dude is crazy.

  16. That’s disgusting. . He’s a coward, he’d never try to kick a Presa canario or a Tibetan mastiff… well he wouldn’t survive it.. I think they’re pits mixed with dragon and sasquatch.

  17. This guy should already be in jail. He sexually assaulted a 19 year old girl and she committed suicide 10 days later.

  18. That is one tough dog. After reading the list of injuries, to have survived for any length of time seems impossible.

  19. His mom said there must be a big mistake, because she KNOWS her son would never do something like this.

  20. Disguisting. If I was the owner, given the history with Vick and the multiple abuse cases last year in the NFL, I would promptly order my GM to cut that guy.

  21. magnumpimustache says:
    May 29, 2015 4:15 PM
    Would this story get the Same amount of play if it was a snake, rate or Goldfish?

    Let’s not be racist in favor of dogs and cats.

    =========================================
    How many snakes, rats or goldfish are jumping out of planes and helping to hunt down Bin Laden?

    How many snakes, rats or goldfish are helping blind people walking down busy streets?

    How many snakes, rats or goldfish are sniffing out bombs in airports?

    Dogs have 100% earned the right to be treated with respect and without cruelty.

  22. What difference does it make if you kill a small dog or a large dog?

    Are you implying that killing a small dog is not as bad as killing a large dog?

  23. How much of this behavior are nfl fans going to put up with before we stop supporting the product. We have men who can’t stay off drugs long enough to pass a test before the draft, we have men who knock out their wives, beat their children bloody, rape anything that moves, etc. etc. A. What do all of these people have in common and B. why do we continue to support them by supporting the product.

  24. Hey Prince, repeat after me:

    “Hello sir/ma’am. Do you want fries with that?”

  25. Men, do not argue with cowardly boys who feel the need to compare the value of life. If their mothers failed to teach them any better, that’s on them. I can say with complete truth if someone hurt my dog (a gentle and sweet pit bull who was formerly an abused bait dog) they would not have to worry about jail time or bad press.

  26. Someone did an autopsy on a dog…? Next up murder charges for Goldfish and Gerbil owners… This is getting ridiculous.

  27. Atlanta brings out the animal abuse in people. Arthur Blank should be ashamed to even draft a suspected rapist that was shielded by the good fathers of Notre Dame. Prince of a guy.

  28. Animal cruelty is disgusting and a sign of sociopathic behavior. There should be some punishment here.

    That said, it’s amazing to me how all of the comments denounce his actions and call it disgusting in relation to a dog, but when a player smacks a woman or is accused of rape, it’s met with mostly dudes calling out gold diggers or saying he should get a second chance after a single mistake. Barf.

    RIP Dior.

  29. What the hell is wrong with these guys? They just do whatever they want any more like a bunch of wild animals.

  30. Cruelty to animals is a stepping stone away from what you might do to humans.

    Screw Shembo.

  31. This is what you get with a league full of guys who would otherwise be trash men without football. Dog was probably smarter than him.

  32. During the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Shembo admitted that as a Notre Dame student in 2010, he was accused of sexual battery against Lizzy Seeberg, a female student at nearby Saint Mary’s College who later committed suicide.

  33. Goodell should ban him for life.

    Just kidding.

    It’s bad PR but unless he’s convicted of a crime what should the league do?
    If a player gets into a heated argument and is called names and call the other person names, do you suspend him?

    If he sucks, then cut him.
    If he’s got potential, keep him, and discipline him.

  34. That is pathetic, and this guy doesn’t deserve the privilege to work in an environment that pays him in the top 1% of the country. Dude is lucky he’s not my neighbor.

  35. I have a 12 pound Corgi which is slightly bigger than a Yorkie. I can’t imagine anybody hurting my pup. I would go after him and he’s a lot bigger than me.

  36. Will there be a $5m Ted Well investigate for 100+ days, culminating in a 243 page analysis plus press conference?

    Or is possibly letting a little air out of a ball the more heinous act?

  37. there is something that the players that commit animal cruelty and domestic violence almost always seem to have in common… I can’t quite put my finger on it though.

  38. Hey Goodell. Brady gets 4 games for an unproven alleged violation.

    How many games is this criminal going to get? ( and killing a defenseless animal is a crime. A felony in some states) I am betting no games. Let’s see the double standard Rog.

  39. I agree that this type of behavior could lead to him actually killing or hurting a person, but we kill animals everyday in america that do way more for the environment than dogs do and noday says anything. If this was a chipmunk there would be no story.

    So, yes his behavior is very concering, but lets not act like dogs are the only animal in america.

  40. snakecage says:
    May 29, 2015 4:12 PM

    Feed him to the wolves
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    The dog or the linebacker?

  41. Vick, Babineaux, now Shembo. What is it with Atlanta and dogs?
    ———-
    Its the south man. Right next door to hell. It may be the bible belt but that’s only because so many people need saving. I lived 20 years in green bay and 20 years in s.c. GB might not be heaven but it sure seems like it compared to the dirty south.

  42. They should fine him $1,000,000.00, suspend him four games and take away a 1st and a 4th round pick. Oh no, that’s for Framegate. What’s a dog compared to a little bit of air?

  43. sb44champs says:
    May 29, 2015 4:13 PM
    Falcons linebacker accused of killing very small dog
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    That’s because Prince Shembo has very small character.

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    He obviously has a very small something…..

  44. Animal cruelty is disgusting and pathetic. I would fully support the NFL banning him for life and the authorities prosecuting him vigorously.

    That said, all of you who are saying he should get the death penalty or that if he did it to your dog you would kill him yourself need to have your heads examined. This crime, however revolting is not a capital offense.

  45. Psychopath. A few rounds of anger management won’t fix what’s wrong with this man.

  46. Animal cruelty is disgusting and a sign of sociopathic behavior. There should be some punishment here.

    That said, it’s amazing to me how all of the comments denounce his actions and call it disgusting in relation to a dog, but when a player smacks a woman or is accused of rape, it’s met with mostly dudes calling out gold diggers or saying he should get a second chance after a single mistake. Barf.
    __________________________________
    You should be asking women that quesiton. If there weren’t actually gold diggers, women who lie about being raped, and women who hit men first then these labels wouldn’t exist. You act like you live behind a close door. There are reasons for everything.

  47. Wow… not a great idea most times, but I would have understood it if it was a rabid pitbull… but a yorkie?! Those little guys are so great…

  48. I had a cat when I was little. A mean cat. I would be playing Sonic on my Sega and she would jump off the couch and bite my neck. Her name was Maggie. I renamed her to Ouchie Mcbitey. It was a more fitting name. Sometimes when she was especially mean I’d hide her cat toys under my mattress and then crumple up a piece of paper and play with it by myself in front of her. She was my arch nemesis but I think we had a mutual respect for each other.

  49. prklvr, North or South there are morons everywhere. However, I do agree about S.C….

  50. I’m reading this story to my Chihuahua.

    In this corner, me 6ft1 225lbs of flab…..
    In that corner, her 7in 6lbs of dog…..

    She wins. I love my dog. Needs to stop barking, but I’m not kicking her to the curb.

    On a side note. Why didn’t he dispose of the dog? He kept it around for what reason? Freakin’ weirdo.

  51. I am a big advocate for animal rights and loathe all cruelty to animals. But this guy obviously has anger issues and needs help. The instinct is to vilify and abandon people like this, but everyone’s better off if he can get the help he needs for the sake of future partners, animals, and himself.

  52. “Hey Goodell. Brady gets 4 games for an unproven alleged violation.

    How many games is this criminal going to get? ( and killing a defenseless animal is a crime. A felony in some states) I am betting no games. Let’s see the double standard Rog.”

    Does kicking a dog hurt the integrity of the game? It is cheating?

  53. Did he kick the dog multiple times with the intent to kill, or did he get mad and kick the dog (which no one else on this board has ever done), and the dog died because of the immense size difference?

  54. I hope something very bad happens to him, for someone not to be able to control their anger and take it out on a defenseless small animal is psychopathic.

  55. If he did it, he should be banned for life and jailed for a year at minimum.

  56. “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Emmanuel Kant

  57. Disgusting human, I’m being kind about the human part. If any team picks him up I’m done with that team and another nail in the coffin for continuing to be a NFL fan. These men are sub-human, the Hardy’s, Peterson , Rice’s of the league and on and on. Scum, send them home.

  58. At least he didn’t deflate any balls. That would be a crime against all humanity and be on the news 24-7. Purposely killing an innocent creature? Meh.

  59. pkrlvr says:
    May 29, 2015 5:42 PM
    Vick, Babineaux, now Shembo. What is it with Atlanta and dogs?
    ———-
    Its the south man. Right next door to hell. It may be the bible belt but that’s only because so many people need saving. I lived 20 years in green bay and 20 years in s.c. GB might not be heaven but it sure seems like it compared to the dirty south.

    _____________________
    That’s BS. I live in the mountains of TN and it IS heaven on earth. Nobody retires and moves up north, now do they?

  60. Falcons linebacker accused of killing very small dog
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    But Michael Vick is a quarterback.

  61. Note to NFL players: you can’t do this anymore. Gone is the age when killing a dog resulted in a $100 fine and a few frowny faces. Dogs run this country now.

  62. The only thing he could do that would be worse than this, was to let some air out of the football. If he did like Aaron Rodgers and overinflated a football, that would be OK. If he underinflated a ball, he should be banned forever and this animal abuse would get him a small fine by Goodell!

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