The Atlanta Falcons had the worst defense in the entire National Football League last year and things don't look like they will be getting any better.
Brooks Reed - the Falcons prized free agency signing - has barely been on the field as a hip/groin injury lingers on, leaving the Falcons needing help at the strong side linebacker position.
That has left the Falcons with a big need at the linebacker spot and they could be set to turn to a very controversial player in their time of need, in what would be a good risk.
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Killed a Dog
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitiution, the Falcons are apparently discussing the very real possibility of signing their former player Prince Shembo.
The Falcons released Shembo on May 29 after he was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges after killing his ex-girlfriend's dog, a terrier named Dior. The dog weighed five pounds while Shembo hits the scales at 255. It must have been a fair fight.
“I’m sure that we will, but [General Manager] Thomas [Dimitroff] and I have not gotten together on that, at this point,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said when asked if they were discussing Shembo. “But I don’t have a comment one way or another on that.”
Shembo said he kicked - and potentially stomped - the tiny dog after it bit him on the finger. The linebacker kicked the dog with so much force that it caused multiple, brutal injuries.
Fractured ribs, liver and head trauma
The autopsy listed the injuries as “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."
Previous Sexual Assault Case
Shembo was a fourth-round pick by the Falcons in 2014. He played at Notre Dame where he was investigated but never charged for an alleged sexual assault. The woman involved in the case committed suicide 10 days later.
So go ahead Dan Quinn, Shembo seems like a swell guy.