Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Shembo Prince is claiming self defense in the murder of his girlfriend’s dog, a Yorkie named Dior.
“I didn’t want to hurt Dior, but that dog is crazy.” Shembo said in an interview with Gwinnett County police in Georgia on Friday.
The investigation was completed on Thursday police said, and the 6-foot-2, 254-pound, Shembo was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. The dog died from blunt force trauma and suffered from extensive injuries including a a fractured rib, abdominal hemorrhage, head trauma, eye injuries, and extensive bruising in the muscles of his front leg and shoulders.
Shembo had been left alone with the dog while his girlfriend Denica Williams was out of the house. But reports are conflicting as to what happened during that time.
Shembo contends that he was simply trying to put the 14 pound Dior into his dog kennel when the dog “snapped”.
“He had that wild look in his eyes and he had an assault rifle. When he pulled out that AK-47 I knew it was him or me.” Shembo said. “Did I kick him? Yes. But I had to. I had no choice”
The Atlanta Falcons have waived the linebacker after the charges were filed on Friday.