Tag:Aqib Talib Arrested
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: March 29, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 8:07 pm

Felony arrest warrant issued for Bucs' CB Talib

Posted by Will Brinson

There have been a lot of people calling for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to go ahead and get rid of cornerback Aqib Talib, who's been quite the distraction lately. Those people may feel justified with the news that felony arrest warrants have been issued for Talib and his mother.

The warrent is for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - a second-degree felony that's punishable by five to 20 years in prison, and, per the Tampa Tribune , Talib is scheduled to turn himself into Garland, Texas, police later in the week. His bail has been set at $25,000.

Police have accused Talib and his mother of firing gunshots at his sister's boyfriend March 21. Earlier in the day, the boyfriend had been listed as a suspect in a disturbance, and from that incident, police charged him with assault and interference with an emergency phone call.

Talib's mother, Okolo Talib, turned herself in on Tuesday afternoon. Her bond was set at $30,000 based on a previous conviction.

This isn't exactly Talib's first "violent incident" either -- in 2008, Talib, a Bucs' first-round pick that year, got in a fight with Cory Boyd at the Rookie Symposium. In 2009, Talib got in a fight with teammate Donald Penn.

Offseason trouble
In 2009, Talib was also charged with resisting arrest and simple battery and was then suspended for the first game of the 2010 season.

Were the personal conduct policy currently enforceable, it's likely that Talib would see a significant suspension from the NFL for his problems in Texas. But for now, he'll have to settle with simply facing the legal authorities.


UPDATED (5:07 p.m.):
Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik just released a statement: "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."

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