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Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:34 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week -- the same day as Titans receiver Kenny Britt -- Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib can expect a suspension of four games to open the season.

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That’s the word from Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole, who also details Tampa's decision on whether to keep Talib after his arrest this offseason for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (he allegedly pistol-whipped his sister’s boyfriend and then fired gunshots at him; his trial is set for next year).

Originally, it seemed clear the Buccaneers were going to rid themselves of Talib after the lockout was over, but Cole writes that coach Raheem Morris “begged ownership to give the player another chance.”

There’s little question Talib is a talent, maybe one of the better cornerbacks in the NFC. But he’s also gotten into fights with teammates and repeatedly found himself targeted by the commissioner’s office. The Buccaneers could live with a four-game suspension, but at some point, it’s a very real possibility they’ll lose him for an entire year if he continues his transgressions.

Obviously, it won’t matter how much talent Talib has if Goodell won’t allow him to play.

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:27 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

Pretty easy to see what the Bucs plan is.  Talib's replacement will have 4 weeks to prove himself.  If he can't cut it, Talib plays the rest of the season.  Either way he's gone at the end of the season and replaced by a high draft choice.  If he's found guilty the Bucs get nothing.  Innocent, they can get a low rount draft choice by some team who wants to give him yet another chance..  I feel sorry for the young man but he made his own bed.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:21 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

Im sorry but if you are not employed by a company then you shouldnt have to adhere to their conduct policy. When there is a lockout that means players are not employed. No pay no punishment. Simple as that. BLACK and WHITE. Goddell needs to stop trying to be everyones conscious and let the legal system do its job. Also, it is getting to the point where Goddell is starting is looking as if he is freelancing with his discipline of his players. The NFLPA should step in and put their feet down.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:30 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

You know its so funny to read comments that refer to coaches or owners sticking their necks out for players. I see fans have double standards also. lol When Jerry Jones sticks his neck out for a player its always a negative comment, "Oh hes always signing criminals, didnt he have enough in the nineties?" I just thought I'd point that out.

Anyway, I agree that it may change Talibs attitude, but listen lets be real, he had an altercation that shouldnt have happened plain and simple. Hes (Talib) is not law enforcement, hes a proffessional football player, act like it! Thats why we have officers of the law. These players are told time and time again to keep themselves out of trouble and they dont. Why? Because they feel invincible like they can do anything, and some believe that they can get out of anything. His thought process and decision making is the problem here not him as a person, however, you can't separate the two. 

He may be a talented player and I would love him to start on my Cowboys, but hes agrown man, and he shouldve known better doing what he did. He doesnt deserve a second chance b/c he allowed his temper to get the better of him. I'm not saying I'm perfect, I'm saying when you're in a high profile situation like he is you dont respond to things like that. There are hundreds of players in the league a they conduct themselves professionally on a daily basis. There are deeper issues I believe going on with Talib, this isnt his only run in with the law. 

If he loses his NFL career b/c of his actions, so be it!   

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:17 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

He was defending his sister from that demon.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:31 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

Well said ebonyrod2, I agree. It just shows what a guy Coach Raheem is and why his players love to play for him. I seriously hope Talib will see what Coach has done for him and flies straight from now on. There is lots of potential on this team and Talib is a major piece as long as he doesn't become a cancer.

Go Bucs! 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:51 pm

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

I can understand coach Morris would want to give Talib another chance to prove himself, both on the field and off the field.

Sometimes a coach sticking his neck out for a player might have a positive effect on a player. This might work with Talib, with him knowing his coach stuck his neck out for him. This shows leadership on the part of the coach.

I am sure Morris in no uncertain words indicated to Talib that this was his last chance at being a part of the team no matter what happen negatively on or off the field. I hope Talib understand this is willing to step up to the plate and take the responsibility necessary to turn his life around and become a team player.

Being a team player also mean taking care of business both on and off the field. He is a good corner back and make out team better. I hope he realize that before it is too late.

It goes without saying that Talib has more talent in his little finger than most have in their entire body. You can, however, become a cancer on the team, even if you do possess a lot of talent.

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