Aqib Talib delivers understatement of the week

We leave it to Aqib Talib to provide the understatement of the week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback nearly got himself in hot water last Sunday when he loudly was slinging insults at a game official as they both left the field following a loss at Baltimore. When the game official finally fired back at Talib, he had to be restrained by teammates. The NFL talked with Talib and the official both about preventing this from happening again, and Talib escaped discipline.

This, of course, is the guy who busted up a teammate’s head by swinging a helmet in practice in a fight. Talib ran into trouble with the law when he punched a cab driver. And now this.

"(I have) definitely got to control the emotions, but it's an emotional game,'' Talib said Friday, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. "(I was) just defending one of my teammates, man. It's just an emotional game and I just flared up.''


No, Talib didin’t get in trouble this time, but it’s part of the bigger picture with him. He’s an extremely talented young cornerback, but recurring issues are going to make it more difficult for the Buccaneers to think about him long-term. There is a major level of trust that goes into big-time contracts, the kind Talib is capable of earning, but when a player is as combustible as Talib, it makes front office men think twice.

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