Rumors had circulated that Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo was the player involved in a controversial sexual assault case involving former St. Mary's College student Lizzy Seeberg.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Shembo admitted that he, in fact, was the player in question. Shembo maintained his innocence after it was revealed Seeberg alleged he inappropriately touched her.
Seeberg committed suicide four days after reporting her story to local authorities. Shembo was never charged.
“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.”
Shembo said NFL teams have questioned him about the incident. He added that he wishes he could have spoken up much sooner but that the Notre Dame coaching staff advised him against talking about it.
“I wanted to talk about it [then],” Shembo said. “I wanted to, but they had to keep everything confidential. Now that I'm out [of school], I can talk about it.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.