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Former Notre Dame LB Prince Shembo addresses sexual assault allegation

Prince Shembo, B.j. Knauf AP

Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo admitted over the weekend that he was investigated for sexual assault allegations made by a Saint Mary’s College student who ended up committing suicide back in 2010.

“I’m innocent,” Shembo told “I didn’t do anything. I’m, pretty much, I’m the one who ended it and pretty much told the girl that we should stop, that we shouldn’t be doing this and that’s what happened. So, I don’t know.”

To this point, Shembo’s name has never been mentioned publicly with the probe. 

Back in September 2010, Lizzy Seeberg, a Saint Mary’s College freshman, committed suicide after accusing an Irish football player of sexually assaulting her in a Notre Dame residence hall. The university found the player’s actions did not violate its sexual misconduct policy and it was decided that the player would not be charged.

Shembo is now preparing for the draft and getting scrutinized by NFL teams, hence the public statements. Addressing the matter will probably help him in the long run, as rumors about him have been floating around since then.

“The reason I wanted to talk was just to clear up my name,” said Shembo. “My name was in flames, pretty much.”

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  1. steeler1nation says: Feb 23, 2014 10:51 PM

    1.) Notre Dame just looks very bad in all of this. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Looks like Penn State has a partner in rape cover-up.

    2.) Brian Kelly is indirectly responsible for the deaths of 2 innocent people, (Declan Sullivan and Lizzy Seeberg). Very sad.

    2.) It sounds like Shembo is about to score about a 3 on the Wonderlic.

  2. meatcarroll says: Feb 23, 2014 10:59 PM

    Girl got mad cuz she was one of his side-chicks and not “The One”. She had a history of instability and even attempted suicide before they ever met. Tragedy though, no one comes out smelling like roses in this.

  3. steeler1nation says: Feb 23, 2014 11:19 PM

    meatcarroll carrying the water for Notre Dame.
    We’ve heard this BS line before, “she has a history of problems”, etc. … that is pure BS talking points from ND.

  4. normtide says: Feb 24, 2014 1:19 AM

    Sad story. From what I’ve read, ND is looking really bad. Just like in the FSU case. You have to not only thoroughly investigate, you have to be some what open about it. As best you can. I’m not saying either Prince or Winston is guilty of anything, in fact I believe both are innocent. But if PSU taught us anything, you can’t sweep things under the rug in the name of football. Just as sad is seeing fans doing basically the same thing. I love the sport as much if not more than anyone, but can we stop letting our favorite programs dictate when we apply our morals.

  5. meatcarroll says: Feb 24, 2014 1:35 AM

    Huh? I HATE Notre Dame. Hell I was practically squealing with delight when USC would get butt ass naked on them during Pete Carroll’s heyday, and I’m a Bruins fan.

  6. louis8401 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:43 AM

    This goes into great detail on what really happened to Lizzy Seeberg. His saying he shut it down is laughable. It’s hard to charge anyone when the victim commits suicide.

  7. joenash72 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:46 AM

    Any NFL team that drafts this guy deserves the uproar that will come along with it.

  8. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 7:13 AM

    All you are just hearing about this and immediately know everything. Hmmm. Your opinions stink of hate and bitterness. Keep em coming bozos.

  9. cfballfan1 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:28 AM

    Why does holier – than – thou ND get away with a sexual assault cover up? FSU or Michigan would never, ever……..what?

    Never mind.

  10. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 9:30 AM

    The fsu and Michigan situations are completely different. Shembo was never accused of rape.

    And consider taking the into consideration that this young woman’s family has remained silent on the case, knowing that she had issues long before heading to St. Mary’s, including a suicide attempt.

    There is no winner in the situation, as many have stated. However no matter how ND would’ve handled the situation I’m quite sure you all would be here saying that it was handled incorrectly.

  11. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 9:31 AM

    Also, while Winston was accused of rape, he was found not guilty. People need to realize when to quit beating the dead horse.

  12. theflyingtad says: Feb 24, 2014 10:38 AM


    1.) Notre Dame just looks very bad in all of this. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Looks like Penn State has a partner in rape cover-up.

    2.) Brian Kelly is indirectly responsible for the deaths of 2 innocent people, (Declan Sullivan and Lizzy Seeberg). Very sad.

    2.) It sounds like Shembo is about to score about a 3 on the Wonderlic.

    1.) Your QB has been accused of Rape twice.

    2.) When making a numbered list where you will be insulting someone’s intelligence, proof read it or simply learn to count to three.

  13. dhardy8207 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:42 AM

    Reading the article posted in the link provided by louis8401, ND blatently turned a blind eye to a serious issue involving accusations against student athletes..

    If there were just this one case then general concensus could support that she put herself in a questionable situation and misjudged the character of this young man. However, there are several incidents that were never investigated or never reported due to fear and harrassment. Despite she suffered from “anxiety and depression” she by most accounts of the people who interacted with her in the days following she was stable until the harrassing text messages started.

    Tragic outcome to something that may cost ND more than just public embarrassment….

  14. whiskeydude says: Feb 24, 2014 11:18 AM

    Some of the comments here bordered delusional. I just suffered through a torturous season of watching (at best) a Division II level qb lead the Irish to a mediocre season– All because they threw their starting QB out of school for an English class. They tanked the season for a grade. Who throws their starting QB out of school for grades but ND?! Do you really think there would be a conspiracy cover up of a rape case of an OLB when they let one grade of their QB cost them millions of dollars? There is nothing here except a bone for lazy sports journalists who don’t want to do any background check.

  15. cfballfan1 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:01 PM

    Mediocre- no charges were ever brought because the victim is DEAD.

    That’s not proof of innocence. That’s cover-up made easy.

  16. dcviking says: Feb 24, 2014 12:03 PM

    According to SI, Golson was thrown out because he cheated (admitted by Golson) and not because of “grades”.

    And let’s not forget the glossing over of the student killed on the lift when he shouldn’t have been up there.

    Typical Notre Dame “holier than thou” crap —- look up names like Mike Stonebreaker and Chris Zorich, and how Lou Holtz was Notre Dame’s own version of Pete Carroll — getting out before the hammer fell on him.

    They tell you all you need to know about the “integrity” of Notre Dame and the value it places on its football team,.

  17. normtide says: Feb 24, 2014 12:20 PM

    Her family did not remain silent. ND states that her right to privacy is why they were keeping it quiet. Her family agreed to drop her right to privacy. They have been trying to talk to someone of authority, but get the cold shoulder. Maybe you should read more about the family.

  18. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Feb 24, 2014 1:14 PM

    I have a cousin who went to Notre Dame, and the rumor around the football program was that Notre Dame was bending over backwards to cover this up…and that the police tried to sweep this under the rug.
    Small town where the football program rules the whole area….sound familiar? hmmm
    State College?
    Now South Bend…
    Here’s looking at you

  19. dhardy8207 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:53 PM

    mediocrebob says;

    “Also, while Winston was accused of rape, he was found not guilty.”

    For that to be true he would have had to stand trial. He was never taken to trial because there was not enough evidence to support doing so or at least that is the statement the public was given by the state attorney.

    The young lady in Winston’s case had become a character catastrophe by reputation, however the young lady in the ND case never presented any promiscuous behavior. Her only flaw was suffering from anxiety and depression which can be brought on by hormonal changes. Some young lady’s don’t have issues until they get well into their late teens or young adulthood.

    For ND to dismiss she was “troubled” and her parents having to hire an attorney just to get a meeting with the powers that be speaks volumes about possible liability and coverup….

  20. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 2:43 PM

    So guilty until proven innocent? You seem confused.

    Ohiostate- that’s funny bc I “have a friend” on the OSU football team that says nothing has changed under cUM and the program is as dirty as ever.

    In other words, your source has no relevance just as mine doesn’t.

    Once again, your dislike for a football programs seems to be getting in the way of your viewpoint on the topic at hand. “Holier than thou” is quite often the case when you compare to other programs across the country. Had this had any ground to stand on, the family would’ve fought. They however know that their daughter had her own struggles prior. So none of your accusations mean much of anything. Just like they didn’t when you were all ripping FSU for Winston.

  21. thraiderskin says: Feb 24, 2014 3:05 PM

    Ummm… what the hell is going on in this comment section? Not one of you has any facts or REAL knowledge of the situation. And tell your friends/sources to go f— themselves!

  22. dhardy8207 says: Feb 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    ^^@ thaiderskin^^^

    No one except the people present in that room that night really knows for certain what happened. However, it has been reported by people other than this young lady’s family that there has been a well orchestrated smear campaign by a lawyer with Alumni ties that went to great lengths to paint her as “the agressor” and “instigator”. I m not saying he is guilty or innocent, but what I am saying is ND didn’t do themselves any favors by dragging their feet when it came to investigating the matter.

    Hyperthetically, if your daughter reported a sexual assault and it took the local authorities 9 days to start investigating the circumstances how would you feel? If your daughter came to you and said she was assaulted and that despite it had been reported to the authorities nothing had been resolved and she was receiving threats through text messages, how would you feel? There are pictures of the phone and the message on it. Are you going to say that it was somehow staged to frame this player and make ND look bad?

  23. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 4:49 PM

    I’m not sure why or how something like this, if there was evidence, would slip through the cracks at notre dame but wouldn’t anywhere else. Why would they just let this go? Why have the parents not been more present and asking for answers? And don’t try to say they were paid to keep quiet. It’s their daughter. No amount of money would shut any parent up when regarding their child’s death.

    So following investigation which was well publicized, how did it played out this way? This story has been well known for a while.

    Answer? There are facts that none of us know that ended the case. The only reason we’re talking about it now is bc he was asked about it by GMs.

  24. dhardy8207 says: Feb 24, 2014 5:47 PM

    mediocrebob says;

    “I’m not sure why or how something like this, if there was evidence, would slip through the cracks at notre dame but wouldn’t anywhere else. Why would they just let this go? Why have the parents not been more present and asking for answers?”


    “On Sept. 23, Lizzy’s parents met with Notre Dame police. According to the Seebergs, Notre Dame police said they weren’t sure when they’d have time to follow up on the case. “They said they were pretty busy,” Mary Seeberg said, “because it’s football season and there’s a lot of underage drinking.”
    “Notre Dame’s statement denied that the Seebergs were told any such thing. But no one has ever denied that the school’s president, Holy Cross Fr. John Jenkins, refused to have any contact with the Seebergs, or to even read a letter the family wrote begging for a meeting, on the grounds that it might compromise his ability to serve as the final arbiter in a disciplinary hearing. The lawyer the Seebergs eventually hired to help them get a meeting got this response back from Notre Dame’s counsel, Marianne Corr, on Nov. 9: “I still do not see the value of you and the Seebergs coming here for a meeting but of course you are welcome.”
    “After the Chicago Tribune first broke the story of Lizzy’s allegations and death on Nov. 21, Notre Dame’s head football coach, Brian Kelly, wisecracked on a conference call with sportswriters that he didn’t know the Tribune could afford all the reporters who were peppering him with questions about the case.
    At first, Notre Dame officials said privacy laws prevented them from speaking about what had happened at all. But in response to criticism, Jenkins gave the South Bend Tribune an interview in which he said he had intentionally kept himself innocent of any detailed knowledge of the case, and yet was sure everything had been handled correctly.”

    Now, I’m going to say this in closing; Someone plays an embarrassing joke on your star player/Heisman candidate Monti Te’o and the President is calling a press conference on ESPN. A young coed is possibly sexually assaulted by one of your star players and he couldn’t involve himself…

  25. steeler1nation says: Feb 24, 2014 11:07 PM

    Typo aside, Big Ben was found innocent. And the female subject in his case did not kill herself after the alleged rape.
    Nice straw man attempt. Fail.

  26. steeler1nation says: Feb 24, 2014 11:11 PM

    MediocreBob has an IQ of about 12

  27. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 11:19 PM

    So only the South Bend PD had any say on the situation? Sorry. Even for someone with “an IQ of 12”, I know that’s not how things work.

    I ask again. If this was your daughter and this is ACTUALLY (?) how this played out, you wouldn’t fight a little more? Find it a little hard to believe.

    Oh and steeler…your QB is a a saint. I’m sure you’re cool with all that he’s been accused of though , right? Still supporting him and the franchise that kept him around? Yikes! And my IQ is 12?

  28. mediocrebob says: Feb 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    I love all the haters though. 🍀😘

  29. getsome99 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:03 AM

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:07 PM CST
    Typo aside, Big Ben was found innocent. And the female subject in his case did not kill herself after the alleged rape.
    Nice straw man attempt. Fail.

    Innocent? I thought he paid both of those victims off. If he was innocent, why not refuse to pay them and fight it in court? Where there’s smoke, there’s fire right? Twice even. You probably should have just sat this one out.

  30. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 25, 2014 9:38 AM


    I’m sure you are an ardent supporter of ND as is
    anyone who has ties to their Alma Mater. So please help this Bama Grad out.

    (1.) Why did Notre Dame hire outside private investigators to investigate Liz Seebeurg on her prior medical history? If Notre Dame was so adamant to protect their student’s private information, why hire an outside source to violate the very tenets they themselves they espouse publicly?

    (2.) How does ND alum and football supporter, attorney Joe Powers from Chicago, become Prince Shembo’s attorney of record for all inquiries involving Lizzy Seeberg? How does a football
    scholarship player have the financial means to retain such high price counsel?

    Pro bono you say? So ALL ND and St Mary students have the same access to Joe Powers to handle their encounters with the legal system? Can you say extra ordinary benefits to a scholarship athlete?

    (3.) Why did the ND Police Department release details and results of an “ongoing police investigation” to Joe Powers, Shembo’s attorney?
    If ND is so adamant about protecting their student’s privacy, why give “raw” information to a
    prospective defendant’s attorney?

    Answer, ND wanted this to go away.

    ND protected their brand at all costs, even against their own alums, the Seebergs and family.


    P.S. Still hung over from the National Championship game?

  31. mediocrebob says: Feb 25, 2014 12:44 PM

    Shembo’s parents hired attourney.

    Of course ND wanted this to go away? Why wouldn’t they want that?

    If there were any evidence that Prince Shembo did something illegal or wrong, how was nothing done? I’m not sure how it would be swept under the rug? Please explain this.

    There have been many instances in the recent past with actual star players running into the law in south bend. None were swept under the rug. But this was? Not buying what your selling. But the rest of the haters are.

    Not hung over from the NCG. Thanks for proving that your entire reasoning for your argument is your hatred for a football program though. You’re a gem.

  32. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 25, 2014 11:28 PM


    Smell what your shoveling. Prince’s parents have the coin to retain a high price attorney in Joe Power’s realm? They “hire” a plaintiff’s attorney that handles corporate litigation rather than a criminal defense attorney? Care to explain Joe Powers numerous calls to the Office on the President, John Jenkins BEFORE Shembo was even talked to by the Notre Dame Police Department?

    I notice you failed to address why ND and it’s “Police Department” willingly and with forethought chose to slow walk an investigation into the Seeberg case with Joe Powers obtaining information on Seeberg while the case was still under investigation and willingly get in the gutter to try to find dirt on one of their students.

    I’m cool with Notre Dame writing checks to the Declan Sullivan family for killing their son and then sealing the settlement. Hey, I’m cool with Notre Dame calmly writing a check to OSHA for $29,000 in fines for knowingly placing a kid in an unsafe environment at a football practice. Just understand that everyone KNOWS that Notre Dame will do anything to protect it’s brand. What else would you expect from a Catholic institution? I understand that is to be expected from ND supporters like yourself. “He may have sexually assaulted a coed, but he’s OUR linebacker, we need him to play against Purdue! Go say ten Hail Marys and you’re forgiven!”

    I don’t hate ND. I don’t need to. ND hasn’t been relevant since 1988. Just like exposing ND for the frauds they are. Especially running through your blow up doll of a Heisman candidate in the middle of that vaunted defense in the National Championship game.


  33. dhardy8207 says: Feb 27, 2014 10:34 AM

    mediocre says;

    “I ask again. If this was your daughter and this is ACTUALLY (?) how this played out, you wouldn’t fight a little more? Find it a little hard to believe. ”


    Ok, I’m not going to go at your IQ level, BUT man are you one shallow individual…

    Notre Dame has MONEY!… The average student’s family does good to subsidize tuition cost at alot of major universities. They hired an attorney who was also “STONEWALLED” by the administration. I’ll try to sum it up simply here; 1) It took 9 days for the ND police to begin an investigation. 2) The ND administration refuse to cooperate with the family but released information to an Alumni attorney in Chicage who started a smear campaign against this young lady to divert the focus of the defendant/his client. Even if she was emotionally unstable, does that mean she doesn’t deserve protection under the law? Careful now, because your answer could insinuate that women/juveniles incarcerated in prison, mental patients confined in institutions also don’t deserve protection under the laws.

    But its typical, I don’t expect you to admit that there appears to be some serious interferrence or lack of cooperation on ND’s part. I would expect however with all the negative press that the Catholic faith deals with on a regular just because of leadership turning a blind eye to priest’s activities in the past, that they would want to do any and everything possible to negate the public from coming to the conclusion that children/young adolescents just aren’t safe at any Catholic institution….

  34. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 27, 2014 8:32 PM

    Well stated! DHardy

  35. dbiowa says: Mar 1, 2014 1:18 PM

    All these athletes accused of Rape, obviously a coincidence. Whilst we have a) lots of money to be made from colleges from sport so colleges don’t want star players off the field, b) a majority of predominantly male sports fans having no moral backbone and c) colleges using muslim law before they will prosecute, e.g. did someone else see it (which was the reason Winston was not tried), then this will continue to be a license to Rape for male athletes. Carry on raping. Sad to see in a so called civilized Country.

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