Tag:Aqib Talib
Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:17 pm

Report: Bucs will release Talib

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The last month of the offseason apparently has shown the Buccaneers why they need to part ways with the ultra-talented, often-troubled CB Aqib Talib.

That’s the report from the St. Petersburg Times, which writes that, barring a last-minute changing of the mind, Tampa Bay will release Talib as soon as the NFL reopens for business.

Talib's timeline
As you know, Talib has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pistol-whipping the live-in boyfriend of his sister and then firing gunshots at him as he tried to flee the area in Garland, Texas.

And this is not the first time Talib has created drama around himself or his teammates. At the rookie symposium in 2008, he fought a teammate, and in 2009, he used his helmet to crack CB Torrie Cox in the head (it might or might not have been an accident, as Talib was going after T Donald Penn). He also agreed to a plea deal last year for a battery charge involving a cab driver – which led to a one-game suspension.

As the Times’ Rick Stroud writes, “As far as the Bucs are concerned, the outcome of the (latest) case won't matter. They know Talib at the least faces a long league suspension. The Bucs have reached a point where they believe Talib's talent no longer justifies the trouble he generates. They believe it's only a matter of time before he runs afoul of the rules again. That's why general manager Mark Dominik made it clear last week that the Bucs have altered their draft plans to include selecting a cornerback.”

As some would say, it’s probably about time Tampa Bay came to that conclusion.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Hovan rips former Buc teammate, Talib

C. Hovan apparently is not a fan of A. Talib (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You and I might think it’s utterly ridiculous if the Buccaneers let the off-the-field-challenged Aqib Talib return for yet another chance at playing in the NFL – of course, we’d also say that was simply the reality for one of the most talented cornerbacks in the NFC – but it sounds like former Tampa Bay and current Rams DT Chris Hovan is outraged by the matter.

On Thursday afternoon, he did a radio spot with WQYK (via JoeBucsFan.com ), and he let loose.

A sampling of the transcript:

Chris Hovan: How many strikes does Aqib get? I mean, really? He beats up a taxi driver. He beats — I saw what he did to Torrie Cox by hitting him in the head with a helmet. I have never seen that before in my 15-20 years of playing football.

J.P. Peterson: He didn’t do it on purpose…

Hovan: Yes he did.

J.P.: You think he did?

Hovan: Yes he did. He took his helmet off and he whacked him over the bridge of the nose. He knew what he was doing. He has been given too much leeway from Raheem Morris because, I guess, Coach Morris has favoritism towards him because he played defensive back. Again, they are giving this young man way too much leeway. Any other individual would have been cut way before this. But Aqib has so much talent — his talent goes through the ceiling. But you can’t keep having these offseason issues and you can’t keep covering for this kid. They are saying it’s OK for what he is doing and he just pistol whipped somebody in Texas. I mean, how many times does ownership and management let this kid get off?

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 5:41 pm

Report: Talib NOT tested for gunshot residue

A. Talib was not tested for gunshot powder following his alleged altercation with his sister's boyfriend. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In one of those moments that make you want to slap your palm against your forehead, Garland, Texas police investigators did not test for gunshot residue on Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, writes the St. Petersburg Times.

That’s because Talib left the scene of the alleged crime on March 21, and the police couldn’t find him afterward.

In case you need a quick primer, Talib and his mother have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – Talib, though, has been pretty adamant about blaming his mother – after they allegedly fired gunshots at Talib’s sister’s live-in boyfriend following a domestic dispute between the sister and the boyfriend.

Other details have emerged about the incident after police released a 22-page investigative report Monday.

-Police have recovered a 9 mm handgun hidden by Saran Talib, the sister, behind a trash can behind the couple’s home.

-There was apparently a domestic disturbance between Saran and boyfriend Shannon Billings a few hours before Talib and his mother allegedly shot at him. According to the report, during that first incident, the couple had argued and Billings became so enraged he knocked a cell phone out of her hand and it smashed on the floor. Billings was eventually arrested for misdemeanor battery and interference with an emergency call.

-Talib threatened to pistol-whip Billings later that evening and pointed a handgun at him before Billings fled, fearing for his life. That’s when Talib’s mother, Okolo Talib, allegedly jumped out of her arriving vehicle and began firing shots.

Talib’s attorney continues to say Talib vigorously denies the charge.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:13 pm

Hot Routes 4.3.11: Freeney settles lawsuit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney was recently hit by a $400,000 lawsuit by a landlord because he allegedly was behind 11 months on his rent for a Hollywood recording studio. But not to worry. A six-figure settlement has made everybody happy. Wait a minute, Freeney rents out a Hollywood recording studio?!?!
  • The wife of former Falcons lineman Shane Dronett, who committed suicide in 2009, reveals some startling information in an interview with CNN, including accounts of his paranoia and rage after he retired from the league in 2006. Not surprisingly, Dronett’s brain revealed he was suffering from CTE.
  • Jay Gruden is excited about the new challenge of being the Bengals offensive coordinator. But, the Tampa Tribune asks, is he a savior?
  • Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says Panthers fans can forget about seeing Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in a Carolina uniform next year (unless the Panthers trade down in the draft). But if Carolina stays with the No. 1 choice, fans might see Auburn QB Cam Newton, Georgia WR A.J. Green or LSU CB Patrick Peterson.
  • You remember those two massage therapists who sued the Jets for apparently blacklisting them after objecting to Brett Favre text messages? Well, the Jets say the therapists are overplaying their ties to the club, considering they worked a total of five days during a two-year period.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 6:55 pm

Offseason checkup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted by Will Brinson

J. Freeman is the face of the Tampa Bay franchise (Getty).  

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If you know anyone predicted that the Buccaneers would challenge for a divisional title and/or the playoffs, you should stop reading this immediately, buy that person a plane ticket to Las Vegas and go get your Biff Tannen on.

And even though Raheem Morris' Tampa Bay squad shocked the world, people still aren't ready to believe. That's okay, and probably a little fair until the success becomes consistent, and perhaps more, um, explicable. But sometimes wins aren't borne out by stats and Josh Freeman, an absolute star of a quarterback in the making, is a good sample of that. Freeman led the Bucs on several incredibly impressive fourth-quarter comebacks in 2010, and there's little question that he's the face of the franchise going forward.

All optimism aside, though, there's still plenty the Bucs need to address before going head-to-head against the Falcons and Saints seems like a fair fight.

Defensive line, secondary

Tampa Bay burned its first two 2010 picks on defensive tackles -- Gerald McCoy and Brian Price -- and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see the Bucs use some early selections on the defensive line again this year. Defensive end is a big need, and there's plenty of depth at the position heading into April's draft.

The secondary could be an issue for the Bucs, but it's really up in the air at the moment. That's because would-be-star cornerback Aqib Talib is dealing with "violence issues" that have manifested in the form of a "felony arrest warrant," and Tanard Jackson, suspended for substance abuse issues in 2010, is a total wild card. Ronde Barber's fine when it comes to behavior, but there's little chance he'll play after 2011.

1. Defensive end
After spending two early picks on the interior defensive line in 2010, it actually makes a ton of sense to also address the ends in 2011. And this is the perfect draft to do so with a pile of DE talent that should fall to the back end of the first round. Perhaps guys like Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Iowa's Adrian Clayborn would entice the Bucs.

2. Cornerback
It wouldn't seem all that prudent to suggest that the Bucs look for a "problem child" type of corner to beef up their secondary, but if someone like Jimmy Smith falls to them, they'd have to at least consider the move. (And, really, it's not fair to make any comparison with Smith's reported attitude problems and the legal issues for the current Bucs' secondary.) Alternately, don't be shocked to see them beef up the position's depth via later rounds.

3. Running Back

LeGarrette Blount had an absolutely fantastic season for Tampa (and he's blatantly going to be the guy who gets drafted too early in 2011 fantasy drafts) but there are still questions as to whether it was Tampa's scheme or Blount's skills that propelled his year. Even if it was the latter, the Bucs should look to build backfield depth in a year that's prime for doing so in the draft.

Its relatively easy to be bullish on the Bucs heading into 2011, but it's also important to remember that there is room for improvement and growth in Tampa, and with such room can come some growing pains. Of course, it's not terrible news that the draft sets up nicely in terms of depth versus need for this roster.

A repeat of 10 wins in 2011 might be a bit of a stretch, especially if Atlanta and New Orleans improve in the offseason. But discounting Morris' ability to motivate this team would be a foolish move, and there's good reason to expect continued improvement.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:57 pm

Report: Talib blames mother for shooting

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after turning himself into Garland, Texas police today – he was later released after posting $25,000 bond – but apparently he’s pretty unwavering that he’s an innocent man.

That’s what he told one of his former college coaches this week, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

While talking to former Kansas co-defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, Talib – who is alleged to have fired gunshots at his sister’s boyfriend – proclaimed he wasn’t the one shooting.

 "I talked to Aqib two days ago," Bowen said. "I told him, 'I just read something about you firing a gun.' He said, 'Man, I didn't do a thing. It'll all come out soon.' He just kept saying that."

"He said, 'I didn't do that. That was my mom. It’s all going to come out.'"

It should be noted that Talib’s mother, Okolo Talib, also has been charged with the same crime.

All of this should made for an interesting dinner discussion the next time Talib and his mother see each other. But here’s the good news: if Talib is found not guilty of these charges and he needs to find extra work while the lockout continues, perhaps he can screen-write the script for the sequel to that Estelle Getty/Sylvester Stallone classic.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 2:05 pm

Aqib Talib surrenders to Texas police

Posted by Andy BenoitA. Talib

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Aqib Talib has surrendered to police in Garland, TX. There had been a warrant out for the arrest of the Buccaneers cornerback after he and his mother allegedly fired shots at the boyfriend of Talib’s sister.

Talib was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bail is expected to be set at $25,000 (essentially the same cost as if Talib had hit a defenseless receiver). If convicted, Talib could face anywhere from 2-20 years locked up.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m. EST: Per the Tampa Tribune, Talib posted $25,000 bail and was released.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:05 am

Faine expresses shock at Talib incident

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On what has been a slower than average offseason news day, we’ve already discussed Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, who will turn himself into police later this week after they issued an arrest warrant on a second-degree felony charge.

And we updated that original post with a brief statement from Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik when he said, “We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib. Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."

But Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times went a step further and talked with one of Talib’s teammates to get more reaction.

And though I’m not sure many people were shocked that Talib might be in trouble again – given his troubled past – C Jeff Faine said he was surprised by what happened.

"I think for the people outside of the team, they wouldn't be surprised by this because of his history," Faine told Holder. "But me, I am a bit shocked. At the end of the day, at his core, he is a good person. He's had his issues. No question. I realize that. But it's definitely shocking."

I'm actually shocked that Faine is shocked.

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