Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has been arrested for felony aggravated cruelty, and he is being charged with killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog.
He reportedly told her that he kicked the dog, which caused her to break up with him. Full details of this incident have not been revealed yet, but the Falcons said they are aware of Shembo’s arrest.
The incident in question occurred on April 15, and the investigation came to a close on Thursday.
Shembo has previously been in trouble with the law for inappropriately touching a girl from St. Mary’s College in 2010, when he was still playing college football at Notre Dame.
The girl committed suicide just a couple of weeks after this incident, but Shembo never faced any charges for inappropriate contact with the girl.
Shembo is entering his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, but he has been waived by the Falcons.
This would not be the first time that a Falcons player has been in trouble for cruelty toward a dog, as former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick infamously operated a dog fighting ring and served time in prison for it.