Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo is preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft, and he has been getting questions from teams around the league about sexual assault allegations made by a Saint Mary’s College student back in 2010.
The student ended up committing suicide after the ordeal and Shembo’s name was publicly attached to the allegations, but he took the opportunity to speak on the issue in an effort to clear his name.
“I’m innocent,” Shembo told ESPN.com. “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.
“The reason I wanted to talk was just to clear up my name. My name was in flames, pretty much.”
Notre Dame reviewed the situation and determined Shembo did not violate the school’s sexual misconduct policy. He was also not charged with any wrongdoing.
With teams looking to find out as much information as possible about the 2014 draft prospects, the time was right for Shembo to finally speak out. By addressing the reports and giving his side of the story, Shembo can now look forward and keep his focus on the football aspect of what he can bring to the next level.