Atlanta Falcons release Prince Shembo after dog killing accusations

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Head Coaches and General Managers fear the NFL off-season for reasons much more sinister than losing players in free agency.

In the off-season, staff have no control over the players and sometimes the young players can go off the rails, with the number of arrests being significantly higher at this time of year than any other for NFL players.

That has happened to Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo, who it was revealed today was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's dog, killing it.

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Shembo Shown the Door

The Falcons have reacted incredibly quickly to the news of Shembo's charges, revealing that they have decided to waive the former Notre Dame star immediately. 

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Statement from the Team

The team also released a statement on their website, speaking about their disappointment about one of their players being involved in something like this.

"The Falcons have announced that the team has waived linebacker Prince Shembo after charges were filed against him," it starts.

From the Falcons:

“We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo. We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”

Significant Injuries

WSB-TV reporter Tony Thomas broke the news, saying Shembo has been charged with felony animal cruelty and is accused of kicking and killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution went in to more detail on the story and reported that the woman brought her Yorkshire Terrier to Shembo’s house when they were dating, left the dog home alone with Shembo, and when she returned, it was unresponsive.

An apparent necropsy performed on the dog found that it had suffered “significant internal injuries and the cause of death was blunt force trauma.”

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