Tag:Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 2:39 pm

Report: Talib officially indicted by grand jury

TalibPosted by Josh Katzowitz

New Eye on Football blogger Ryan Wilson wrote about this Thursday, and now it’s officially confirmed: Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib was indicted today by a Dallas County grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

By now, you should know that Talib allegedly got into a confrontation with his sister’s boyfriend and then, along with his mother, fired gunshots at the boyfriend as he fled the scene in Garland, Texas on March 21.

“He’s been indicted,” Talib’s lawyer, Frank Perez, said in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times. "Yes, I'm disappointed, but I believe once all the facts are out, it will be resolved in Aqib's favor.''

The grand jury was presented with the evidence by prosecutors on Wednesday, and it only took the jurors two days to send in their indictment.

Talib is on record as adamantly declaring he’s an innocent man and that his mother was the one actually doing the shooting.

UPDATED 2:34 p.m. ET: Jay Reisinger, another of Talib's lawyers, made sure to let us know that the indictment has no bearing on Talib's guilt or innocence.

"It is important to note that the indictment is merely a formal accusation and that Mr. Talib has not been convicted of any crime with respect to this matter," Reisinger wrote in an e-mail to the Tampa Tribune. "The grand jury was not privy to a number of important facts. We are very confident that once we have the opportunity to present all of the facts, this matter will be resolved in Mr. Talib's favor. Aqib looks forward to putting this matter behind him and returning to the game of football."

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 2:01 pm

Grand jury indictment expected for Aqib Talib

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis didn't offer any specifics when presenting his theories on crime to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio last week. However, a concrete example of how crime increases when there is no football might mitigate some of the skepticism Lewis has received (including from teammates).

Our nomination: Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib who, despite the ongoing lockout, has had a busy offseason. Unfortunately, he's not organizing unofficial team workouts, or running hills near his home to keep in shape, or even riding bulls. This is strictly law-enforcement-related.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Talib on March 29, after police accused him of trying to pistol whip -- and later firing shots at -- his sister's boyfriend on March 21. A day later, Talib voluntarily turned himself in to law enforcement officers in Dallas County, Texas. On Thursday, TambaBay.com's Rick Stroud reports that a Dallas County grand jury is expected to indict Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"However, the indictment is not expected to officially be reported until Friday," Stroud adds. "Earlier this week, an examining trial determined there was enough evidence in the shooting case involving Talib to be heard by the the grand jury Wednesday."

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony and is punishable by two to 20 years in prison. While we wait for Talib's case to make its way through the justice system, an indictment could be reason enough for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to get involved. Talib was suspended during Week 1 of the 2010 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, so he's familiar with the process.

But as long as there is a lockout Goodell can't punish Talib (news that should also make James Harrison happy, if only temporarily). Of course, if Talib is found guilty, a slap on the wrist from his employer will be the least of his worries.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Hot Routes 5.23.11: Brady, Gisele frolic poolside

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • You think Tom Brady spent his weekend sweating the Rapture? Hell no he did not. So what did he do? He spent his weekend at a resort in Mexico, frolicking around a pool on a waterslide with his mildly attractive soulmate, Gisele. Yes, there are pictures. And yes, it's entirely possible to enjoy the lockout without actually SAYING SO. 

Posted on: May 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Detroit Lions also turn down 'Hard Knocks'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things are getting a little awkward for HBO, as another team -- this time the Detroit Lions -- has declined to appear on "Hard Knocks."

Previously, the Bucs said no, and then Denver declined to appear, now the Lions.

Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions turned down the opportunity earlier this month, though no one's issuing a comment about the decision.

"It’s one thing to have cameras on the practice field. These guys are used to that and every day there’s cameras, fans watching them practice and things like that," Schwartz said last year about the show. "But when you start getting into meeting rooms, when you start getting into the cafeteria, into the dorms, into the locker room and things like that, it changes the vibe."

The Lions would actually be a pretty spectacular show to watch -- Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh will be an epic defensive tackle tandem starting as soon as there's football, Detroit is -- already -- a popular playoff sleeper in the NFL, and Matthew Stafford's ability to overcome injury heading into 2011 is a major storyline.

Plus, I'd tune in just to watch Jim Schwartz listen to Metallica in his office. But, the front office also knows this is a team trying to shed a losing culture that's permeated the entire organization for many years, and it's probably a smart move to keep egos, etc., in check by leaving the cameras at he door.

But, hey, there's always the Atlanta, guys!

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:59 pm

Hot Routes 5.20.11: Welker disappointed in owners

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Wes Welker said something recently about enjoying the lockout. He recently clarified it, stating that he was saying it as a joke. (If you've ever met or interviewed Welker, this makes much more sense than him saying it in a really serious fashion.) He seemed especially cheesed that the owners decided to use it against him in court. 
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Hot Routes 5.19.11: Beck's mullet retrospective

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • I don't know why, but I just can't quit John Beck. Whatever the Redskins would-be starter is doing is just making me wish more and more that he DOES end up starting. Of course, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post isn't exactly doing much to kill my mancrush by posting a retrospective look at Beck's mullet. Which probably tells you worse things about me than it does Beck, but whatever.
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:15 am

Agent: Bowers should be ready for training camp

BowersPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Just because we’re not closing in on the NFL draft anymore doesn’t mean that Buccaneers DE Da’Quan Bowers’ agent can’t try to create some optimism about Bowers’ knee.

According to Joe Flanagan, Bowers’ agent, Bowers is actually ahead of schedule (via the St. Petersburg Times), though, unlike in February, March and April, this news affects only one team and not 32.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Bowers was once considered a top-five pick (at one point, he even briefly flirted with the possibility of the Panthers drafting him No. 1 overall), but after not working out at the NFL combine – he said he was 100 percent, and then he didn’t do much of anything – and missing Clemson’s Pro Day (he had to have his own Pro Day later in the draft process), he slipped all the way toward the end of the second round.

Some have labeled Tampa Bay’s decision to grab Bowers at No. 51 an absolute steal, while others point to the rumors that numerous team doctors around the league didn’t clear Bowers and that the possibility of Bowers needing microfracture surgery is a huge impediment to the rest of his career.

Flanagan obviously believes in the former, saying that Bowers expects to be ready for training camp (whenever that is). He also points to the theory by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews that Bowers, for now, isn’t looking like a player who will be hampered by that knee in the long term.

I imagine the Buccaneers team doctors would like to form their own opinion, but, as we all know, they’re not allowed to do so while the lockout continues.

"Dr. Andrews said if there were going to be problems (down the road), they'd show up pretty quick," Flanagan told the Times. "He hasn't had any swelling, soreness or pain. He hasn't had to back off at all. He didn't have a good workout on the field (at his pro day) but the fact that he did the workout at all was impressive."

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 1:12 pm

Hot Routes 5.16.11 Rejecting Hard Knocks?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bucs have turned down an opportunity to be on HBO’s Hard Knocks, thus robbing viewers of a chance to potentially see Aqib Talib or LeGarrette Blount in a training camp fight.

Broncos cornerback Parrish Cox appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty in his sexual assault case. Trial is set for October.

Expect to see plenty of Cam Newton on TV in the very near future.

Thanks to deferred payments, DeMarcus Ware is the one NFL player who has received a check from his team during the lockout.

Roger Goodell bumped into Von Miller before the draft and went out of his way to say hello and be nice.

Julio Jones recently leant a helping hand to tornado victims in Alabama.

Former Cardinals linebacker Seth Joyner is hosting a high school football clinic this week. Unfortunately, it’s scheduled for May 21, which everyone knows is the Day of Reckoning.

Jon Beason has sued the man who sued him over an alleged punch in the face (Beason claims he never hit anybody). The trial is underway and filled with plenty of drama. If you’re into that sort of thing (and let’s admit, deep down, most of us are) then click here.

Jake Locker plans to work out with his new NFL teammates soon.

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