ATLANTA, GA (The Spread) - The Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo following his arrest on accusations that he killed his girlfriend's dog.
Shembo reportedly was charged with felony animal cruelty after kicking and ultimately killing his girlfriend's dog. A 2014 fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame, Shembo was competing to earn a roster spot under new head coach Dan Quinn.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, they've dealt with this sort of bad press before. In August of 2007, former Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to federal chargers in the "Bad Newz Kennels" dog fighting investigation. The team later released Vick in June of 2009.
It's been a rather tumultuous offseason for the Falcons, who were stripped of a 2016 fifth-round draft pick for breaking NFL rules by piping in crowd noise to the Georgia Dome during games. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Atlanta is a 40/1 long shot to win the 2016 Super Bowl.