(AP Photo/Paul Abell)
(AP Photo/Paul Abell)

The NFL and some of its players have been involved in many legal cases in this past year. The biggest issue in the NFL has been domestic violence followed by illegal substances, but one that may surprise a few people is animal cruelty. Just this year alone, there have been three players accused of animal cruelty.

In 2007, former Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick was charged with operating an unlawful dog-fighting ring. The Vick case was the biggest animal cruelty case the NFL had to deal with up until this point. The Atlanta Falcons, once again, found themselves in some more animal trouble. Second year player out of Notre Dame, Prince Shembo, was arrested on May 29th, for being accused of killing his ex girlfriend’s dog. The Falcons did not hesitate this time, releasing him shortly after.

Photo via: Gwinnett County Police Department

This is not the first time Shembo has had legal problems. In 2010, he was accused of sexually assaulting Lizzy Seeberg. Days later, Seeberg committed suicide. I remember watching the draft and listening to them talk about Shembo and that case, then to watch the Atlanta Falcons draft him was very upsetting to me. I had a bad feeling about him at that moment.

Shembo made a couple of big plays for the Falcons last season, ending the season with a combined 59 tackles. He has not been to trial, so we do not know what his future brings. I am a believer of second chances, so I do believe that once this all over, a team should give him another opportunity. We shall see.

 

Kezmit Eason covers the Falcons, Hawks and Georgia tech for MFST, you can follow her on Twitter @MissKezmit

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