Posted February 23, 2014

Notre Dame’s Prince Shembo says allegations against him in Lizzie Seeberg case are untrue

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Prince Shembo played all four years for Notre Dame. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Prince Shembo played all four years for Notre Dame. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

NFL linebacker prospect Prince Shembo has admitted that he was the player accused in the Lizzie Seeberg sexual assault case while he was a player at Notre Dame, and says the accusations made against him are untrue, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

Seeberg, a 19-year-old student at neighboring St. Mary’s College, claimed she was inappropriately touched by Shembo in 2010, and received text messages after filing a report saying, “Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea,” according to the National Catholic Reporter. Seeberg committed suicide two weeks later, before Notre Dame police had spoken to Shembo about the incident.

Shembo told reporters at the NFL combine that he was the one who decided to end their encounter, and that he wanted to speak out at that time, but was told not to by Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

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“We talked about it and we just wanted to keep everything, I mean, I didn’t get in any trouble or anything,” Shembo told ESPN.com. “I wasn’t in trouble with the law or nothing. No reason to talk about it. The reason I wanted to talk was just to clear up my name. My name was in flames, pretty much.”


19 comments
TFP83
TFP83

After FOUR years of a Notre Dame education , this guy can hardly speak in complete sentences:

“We talked about it and we just wanted to keep everything, I mean, I didn’t get in any trouble or anything,” Shembo told ESPN.com. “I wasn’t in trouble with the law or nothing. No reason to talk about it. The reason I wanted to talk was just to clear up my name. My name was in flames, pretty much.”


ND  accepted this guy , knowing that in his senior year of High School he threw a desk at a teacher and in the same year, he threw a young woman across a room.   So much for the "Fighting Irish" and their High Standards!!!!

oldmanriver
oldmanriver

He wasn't charged because the woman committed suicide.  The text he sent says it all.  He felt the football program would protect him.  He was correct.  Notre Dame is just another football program.  Quit acting like you have a higher standard.  A kid is killed on a tower and the AD said he didn't notice the 55 mph wind.  Notre Dame acts like the Catholic Church in it's action concerning sex crimes, not like what good Catholics would expect.

wetmouse
wetmouse

I don't know if he'll make much of a pro football player, but as a sex offender, he'll always be welcome to become a Catholic priest. They are the large pedophile ring in human history.

RealShadow
RealShadow

Your link on CNNSI to this story says "Ex. Notre Dame LB admits role in sex assault case".  Yet the story above says that the LB (Shembo) only admits that he was named by the accuser - but he claims the accusations against him are untrue.  I wouldn't consider this to mean he admits to any role whatsoever in a sex assault case, because  he denies any such assault ever took place!  But your article gets even muddier when Stembo claims that he decided to end their encounter.  So what exactly is the point of this article?  Is Shembo admitting that he had a sexual encounter with this woman, and "he was the one who decided to end their encounter" (whatever that means)??  This explanation does not explain at all the woman's claims that she was assaulted and threatened via text not to mess with the Notre Dame football program,and sadly committed suicide shortly thereafter.   


Unfortunately, it seems that nearly every time I click on a CNNSI link to read a story on SI Wire, I find the same poor editing standards -- misleading story titles, and extreme lack of detail. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

Notre Dame alum/fans sure sound like Ohio St. fans where apparently every negative story is part of some conspiracy to make the school look bad. 

DSM
DSM

There has been a lot of press about ND covering up sexual assaults by athletes

Rhino30
Rhino30

As an ND grad, it gives me no pleasure in saying that the school totally botched this investigation and hid it from law enforcement. I have no idea if Shembo committed any crime but Seeberg deserved better from the administration of an institution supposedly devoted to the image of a lady. How could it take over two weeks before police talked to him? What type of support did she receive in the interim? One more example of how the first priority of Catholic institutions is protecting themselves .

duLac81
duLac81

First, yes - I am a Domer.  But second, the lead in to this story was incredibly misleading and irresponsible.  "Admits role..." makes it sound he was involved with the actual assault.  You should be ashamed Brendan and I expect so much more from SI. 

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@RealShadow :  Exactly.  There are too many loose ends in this story.  Who sent the text message(s)?  That alone would warrant some investigation. 

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@DSM :  Well, to be fair, ND is far from the only university to aggressively take part in this practice.  


People get mad about stuff like this, and rightfully so.  The more these stories come out, no matter which school is involved, the more the alumni should be vocal about supporting the victims and putting an end to these horrible cover-ups.


I'll bet that every major football program has these sorts of cover-ups.  The players visit as recruits and are shown around by "hostesses", etc.  The bottom line is that athletes are given the impression that they're above it all, so some of them feel they can get away with anything.

Rhino30
Rhino30

I am not sure that the lead-in was inaccurate. If the article is correct, Shembo did admit he was the player accused and yes, it was a sexual assault allegation. We will never know if there was an actual sexual assault due to the poor handling by the ND administration. You should be easier on Brendan (who probably does not write the leads) and transfer your outrage by expecting more from our mutual alma mater.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

@duLac81  Agree 100%.  If the number of "hits" a given article receives is more important than editorial integrity, I would strongly suggest that senior management initiate an immediate review of its journalistic principles and core competencies.  

Marchoir
Marchoir

@duLac81 Your righteous indignation and pride in Notre Dame is admirable. Speaking of ashamed, would you like to take a shot at explaining how a student can get run at ND for "academic impropriety" (see cheating), and then reapply for admission and be accepted. How on earth is that possible? Do you see that happening for any "ordinary" student at Notre Dame? Do you think any prospective applicants with a history of academic fraud have much of a chance of being accepted at Notre Dame? You will no doubt be bursting with pride when Golson takes the field this year.

tony34
tony34

Any student who is removed for academic violations may re-apply to the University.  Your hatred for Notre Dame is showing, at least know what you are talking about before making a fool of yourself.  In almost every case the student was re-admitted.  ND should be applauded for removing Golson in the first place, if this was an SEC school this would have been swept under the rug.@Marchoir @duLac81  

TFP83
TFP83

@tony34 @Marchoir @duLac81  ND  knew of Shembo's high school behavior when they accepted him.  When "FOOTBALL "  is on the table, it becomes OK to turn a blind eye to a high school kid throwing a desk at a teacher.  ND is No different from these other football programs with a school attached!

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@tony34 Take your own advice, pal. U.Ga. has dismissed a string of highly touted players due to violations of university policy, although I don't believe sexual assault was a cause in any of those cases, nor has anyone died as a result of the violations, as far as we can tell. In Athens, Georgia, they don't sweep stuff like this under the rug these days. So, as you wrote, "at least know what you are talking about before making a fool of yourself."