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. -Prince Shembo[Note: For those unfamiliar with the back story, my first blog on Lizzy Seeberg http://www.fightingirishthomas.com/2011/07/notre-dame-reforms-part-i-lizzy-seeberg.html really needs to be read.]
Justice for Lizzy needs to occur. -Michelle of Belize
Magna est veritas et prevalebit! -Tom Seeberg's complimentary comment on my first story about Lizzy
I guess it is good that Prince Shembo finally admitted he was the player involved in the Seeberg saga, if only so his leave-no-journalist-unturned lawyer doesn't threaten us bloggers anymore for using Shembo's name. Still, it boggles the mind that anyone would take the word of a wild, spoiled football player, who once got suspended from high school for throwing a desk at a teacher, over that of a devout Catholic girl who "spoke openly about saving herself for marriage." Indeed, banking on the maxim that dead co-eds tell no tales, along with the judgment of St. Joseph County prosecutor, Michael Dvorak, that Lizzy's statement (since Lizzy committed suicide after the traumatic incident) could not be cross-examined thus rendering her testimony inadmissible in court, both Shembo and Notre Dame figured if they just kept quiet, the story would eventually go away.
But compare Seeberg's detailed version, "He started sucking my neck and I started crying harder. He pulled down my tank top by the straps. He slipped them down my shoulders and proceeded to suck and lick my right breast while holding me down on his lap by the arms...I felt his hands start to move down towards my shorts as if he was trying to unbutton them or pull them off. I was still crying at this point and felt so scared that I couldn't move," with Shembo's. Whereas Seeberg's is consistent with someone who is a sexually conservative Catholic, Shembo's vague rant sounds like someone trying to imagine what it would be like to not be sexually promiscuous. Either you did something or you didn't, you told her to stop or not. "[P]retty much" stopped her is like saying we pretty much had sex, or, conversely, I'm pretty much a gentleman...when there are no women at the party. The only thing they seemed to agree on is that the assault only stopped when another student entered the room, "pretty much" ending the fateful encounter.
So while the NFL combine's inquiry about Lizzy will probably not be as probing as the one he would have faced at Notre Dame had he admitted he was the player with Seeberg back in 2010, there are at least three questions Prince should be prepared to answer, and they will go something like this:
1) If a coach benches you for what he calls lackadaisical play, you should
- a) throw a desk (or similar heavy object) at him
b) threaten to reveal his past sexual/drug indiscretions via tweets or press leaks
c) sit on the bench to await another chance to perform
- a) she wants to have sex with you NOW
b) she wants to have sex with you later
c) be careful, she might actually BE a Catholic
- a) a high paying job after college
b) a chance at a national championship
c) "Our Lady"
As it is, Lizzy's folks, having become weary of Notre Dame's deafening silence, have grown silent themselves—at least to the press. But while I don't have the money to hire or time to become a private investigator (as Tom Seeberg once suggested) into this matter, the prophet in me still agrees with Michelle of Belize, and I must continue to cry out. "Truth is mighty, and it shall prevail" (the meaning of Tom Seeberg's favorite Latin phrase) may not always work in this world (or even on Notre Dame's Latarae Medal), but a prophet has to keep trying. Content with Christ's words in today's Gospel reading, "[s]ometimes this kind [of case] can only come out through prayer" (Mark 9:29), I'll pray to Lizzy and Our Lady that I may still bring about truth to this case in this world, that I, too, may be judged worthy of Our Lord in the next. For although Shembo's "flames" comment was correct, unless the rest of the truth comes out soon, the fire could encompass a lot more than just his name in the world to come.