The issue is that Talib has a history of emotional outbursts. And the concern is how his story might one day end.
Look, I’m not criticizing the guy. On the contrary, I’m worried about him. He’s a talented young man with a future that would probably make most of his peers in the NFL envious.
But during his relatively short time in Tampa Bay, he has a pattern of ugly incidents that should make you wonder if Talib isn’t heading toward a problem he cannot so easily walk away from.
There was the fight with a teammate at a rookie symposium in 2008. There was the altercation with Donald Penn at an offseason practice in 2009 when Talib swung his helmet and mistakenly bashed Torrie Cox in the face. And there was the punching of a cab driver last year that led to Talib’s arrest, an out-of-court financial settlement and entry into a pretrial intervention program.
In each of these situations, the Bucs talked about misinterpretations or extenuating circumstances.
Former KU standout, and shutdown cornerback, Aquib Talib is in trouble again. This time for yelling at an official after a game. The last time, it was for allegedly punching a cabbie, and the details of that incident are still somewhat cloudy. By all outward appearances, the cabbie was just looking for a payday, and Talib acquiesced, after Duggan, the cabbie, refused a pretrial motion for a program that would have reduced the cornerback’s sentence.
The NFL has looked into the latest incident, and has decided that no fines will be assessed to either Talib, or Cheeks, the referee Aquib argued with.
My questions: Does Talib’s behavior in his third NFL season, reflect poorly on KU?
- NFL checking if Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Aqib Talib broke rule by attending opener (sports.espn.go.com)
- NFL reviewing argument between Bucs, game official (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Raheem Morris says Aqib Talib didn’t do anything wrong (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Bucs coach Raheem Morris defends CB Aqib Talib (sportingnews.com)