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.
"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."