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Talib gets defended, doesn't get fined

Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:50 pm
 
A. Talib has had some off-the-field issues, but Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris defended him this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib and one of the officials working the Tampa Bay-Baltimore game last Sunday simply had a conversation.

No, no, there was no obscenity-laced shouting match that we wrote about here. No, the official absolutely did not call Talib a (lewd term for a female body part), and Talib, in response, did not threaten to hit the official in the mouth and teammates did NOT have to hold him back.

Nope, according to Bucs coach Raheem Morris, it was just a conversation.

"He didn't do anything wrong," Morris said, via the Tampa Tribune. "He was just in conversation. He was just in conversation, so I'm not going to sit here and act like Aqib did anything wrong toward the official because I'm not into that. That's between those two men and whatever happened happened."

Naturally, Morris’ defense seems a tad ridiculous, even if the NFL won’t fine Talib, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ Rick Stroud.

As Martin Fennelly writes, though, he can’t believe Morris’ defense of Talib, because Talib is such an emotional wild card.

Writes the Tribune’s columnist:

Plenty of people inside One Buc Place keep their fingers perpetually crossed. They hope Talib doesn't do something stupid and endanger his livelihood or his team's chances. The guy is crazy talented, but sometimes he's just crazy.

How does someone who is clearly on the commissioner's radar get into it with an official?


That rotten pass interference call Talib was angry about happened late in the first half, not the second. Morris, who went crazy himself at the time, was calmed by game's end. Every Bucs player made it to the losing locker room without going ballistic, all except one. Talib remains a wild card, the wildest, in fact.


For a guy in Talib who has a history of off-the-field issues, perhaps Morris shouldn’t be so quick to jump to his defense. Even if the NFL said he didn’t commit a fineable offense, maybe glossing over a potential problem isn’t the best option.

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:36 pm
 

Talib gets defended, doesn't get fined

For a guy in Talib who has a history of off-the-field issues, perhaps Morris shouldn’t be so quick to jump to his defense. Even if the NFL said he didn’t commit a fineable offense, maybe glossing over a potential problem isn’t the best option. ---------- I am positive coach Morris will print out this article and place it onto his bulletin board, in his wallet, and on his bathroom mirror to remind himself of your immense wisdom on how to handle disciplinary or near disciplinary measure with the personell he is payed to be in charge of. Maybe you should give him a call and let him now how to handle any future issues he may have. Give Pat Riley a call to while your at it and sort that whole power struggle issue out while your giving advice. 


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