The former Falcons player who allegedly kicked his girlfriend’s dog so violently that pooch died from its injuries initially tried to blame the couple’s other dog for the Yorkie’s death.
According to a 911 call made by Prince Shembo’s now ex-girlfriend, the linebacker — who the Falcons cut on Friday after learning of his felony animal cruelty arrest — only reluctantly admitted to kicking the tiny terrier.
“I kept looking at him like ‘What happened? What happened?’” Danecia Williams says in the recording, which was released by WSB-TV. “(And) he’s like ‘I don’t know, I think they was fighting’ and I’m just like ‘You sat here and just let them fight?”
During the 911 call, which came days after her dog, Dior, died, Williams said she was delayed in calling the authorities “because he recently confessed to kicking my dog.”
Williams told the dispatcher that Shembo eventually copped to kicking the dog “repeatedly.”
Williams’ stepmother, Sherron Williams, told WSB-TV that Shembo was jealous of the attention the dog was getting.
A report from the Gwinnett sheriff’s office said that Shembo killed the tiny Yorkshire Terrier on April 15. Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons didn’t learn of the incident until last Friday when the player was arrested. Jail records show that Shembo posted a $ 16,700 bond.
Dior, a Yorkie, died of blunt force trauma, according to a necropsy.
“He was putting the dog in the cage and the dog bit him,” Shembo’s lawyer, Jerry Froelich told WSB-TV. “(He) refleced and kicked the dog.”
Shembo’s quick departure shows that the Falcons are still sensitive to animal abuse eight years after star quarterback Michael Vick served an 18-month federal prison sentence for running a dogfighting ring.
The Falcons drafted Shembo in the fourth round of last year’s NFL draft despite despite a sexual misconduct incident in 2010 — the player’s freshman season — involving a St. Mary’s College student who later killed herself.
Williams has filed a civil suit against Shembo seeking damages for medical and hospital expenses for treating the dog as well as emotional stress and loss of companionship.
—With News Wire Services
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