Felony charges against former Falcons dog-killer Prince Shembo dropped

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Because a 5-pound dog bit a 254-pound former NFL linebacker, he was able to get by on misdemeanor charges for killing it.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, felony charges against former Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo were dropped after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $1,000 fine.

“Now that this matter is settled,” agent Adisa Bakari said, “we are excited to see if he can resume his career in the NFL.”

The Falcons cut Shembo, a former fourth-round pick, shortly after he was arrested for killing his ex-girlfriend’s Yorkie named Dior.

Tests on Dior by the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. The dog suffered “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.”

But Dior bit Shembo, so that’s apparently OK.

If anyone signs Shembo, he could still be subject to the league’s personal conduct policy and could face a suspension.

Shembo was investigated but never charged for an alleged sexual assault when he played at Notre Dame, and the woman involved in the case committed suicide 10 days later.

33 responses to “Felony charges against former Falcons dog-killer Prince Shembo dropped

  1. Histrionics aside, yes when a dog bites someone it is usually legal to respond with force. Shembo may have overdone it but lets not pretend that an animal’s life is equal to a human life.

  2. I’d like to see guys like this rooming together in a six by ten foot cell with healthy but angry pit bulls in the adjacent cells and corridor.

    It takes a real man to kick the life out of a little dog. Tough guy, this Prince.

  3. Sounds like the prosecutor realized Prince was the victim and only defended himself. Celebrity Justice

  4. .
    The last three words you want preceeding your name on a national website :

    ” Former dog killer ”
    .

  5. The thing is Shembo didn’t even have a scratch. There was NO injury on him. He made it up as a defense.

    This was not an act of self-defense – nor did the small dog’s injuries come from one strike. It was repeated strikes – overkill. It was an act of sadistic, punitive and malevolent aggression.

  6. How is an animals life worth any less than a humans? If someone broke my dogs leg I would break their leg at a minimum. So because he got bit he killed a dog. Therefore, if he were to punch me I should be able to beat him to death with minimal consequences.

  7. revskip says:
    Aug 12, 2015 4:26 PM
    Histrionics aside, yes when a dog bites someone it is usually legal to respond with force. Shembo may have overdone it but lets not pretend that an animal’s life is equal to a human life.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Some might say that all life is sacred.

  8. revskip says:
    Aug 12, 2015 4:26 PM

    Histrionics aside, yes when a dog bites someone it is usually legal to respond with force. Shembo may have overdone it but lets not pretend that an animal’s life is equal to a human life.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    You mean like this human life?:

    “Shembo was investigated but never charged for an alleged sexual assault when he played at Notre Dame, and the woman involved in the case committed suicide 10 days later.”

  9. I can totally understand (but not condone) an instinctive desire to kick the dog to get it away from you.

    But what Shembo did, based on the results of the cause of death clearly show that Shembo repeatedly stomped, not just kicked, that dog to death.

  10. If a dog properly bites you, even a little dog like a Yorkie, it can hurt tremendously. In that scenario, you’re quite entitled to kick it away,. which may lead to the kind of injuries described if you’re an NFL linebacker with powerful legs performing an involuntary pain response.

    If there’s no mark, though, I don’t see how it could hurt so much that you instinctively kick it in self defence.

  11. He’ll always be a dog killer, the headline is he’s a former Falcons player. History will decide which is more shameful.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Aug 12, 2015 4:33 PM
    Hey Prince Ozzie Newsom is on the phone……it maybe legally correct but morally wrong….perfect fit on the RAYvens.

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  13. It’s not just the dog, it’s also the fact that it was his girlfriend’s dog — the guy has the same lack of respect toward women that he did at Notre Dame. I hope the closest he gets to the NFL is selling hot dogs at a game.

  14. Re skip – let’s not pretend that because it’s “just an animal” that’s it’s life has no value and that the taking of its life by violent means shouldn’t be punished severely.
    Check yourself.

  15. “In 2009, his senior year of high school, Shembo was suspended for throwing a desk at a teacher who had taken away his cell phone”, In 2010, he is accused of sexual battery (the victim later committing suicide), and now this. Lord, just drive yourself to the nearest prison where we all know you are going to end up before you kill someone else.

  16. Screw this rapist he should have never made it to the NFL. If a dog bites me though I’m not just going to sit there and take it. I’m gonna kick the thing off me too. Just because the dog doesn’t weigh much doesn’t mean it doesnt have a really strong bite. A miniature pincher bites just as hard as a grey hound.

    Now the reports seem to say he kept kicking it and thats uncalled for and disgusting. If it was me i would have stopped the second it stopped coming after me.

  17. Sounds like the prosecutor found an envelope filled with C notes and had a sudden change of heart.

    Sorry, not every prosecutor is like the one in the Ray Lewis case is dishonest…….this turd should have been forced to do community service cleaning up the rescue shelter.

  18. macjacmccoy says: if it was me i would have stopped the second it stopped coming after me.
    ——–

    Know how to get away from a 5 pound dog? Jump on a couch girls…really, what happen to real men??

  19. As a Falcons fan, in legitimately ashamed we signed this guy.

    He was a piece of work at ND. Glad he’s no longer on the team.

  20. I’ve been a huge Notre Dame fan since birth, and its very difficult to look away when they do the wrong thing, but Prince Shembo should never had made it into the NFL to begin with. He needs psychological help and has never gotten it because he is such a talented athlete. He was suspended his senior year of high school for throwing a desk at a teacher and hitting them with it. Why? Because the teacher took away his cell phone. Then there is the rape of Lizzy Seeburg that was covered up by Notre Dame. . Now t

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