Aqib Talib's attorney warns against jumping to conclusions
One of the attorneys hired for Aqib Talib’s defense team warns that you – or specifically the media – should not jump to conclusions when it comes to the felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon that has been filed.
After all, Talib is innocent until proven guilty and in this instance, a former coach of his says Talib is telling people it was his mother squeezing the trigger firing shots at a man, not him.
“It’s important to note that these charges are only allegations, allegations that Aqib vigorously denies,” Pittsburgh-based lawyer Jay Reisinger said, according to the Twitter account Jason La Canfora of NFL.com. “Given that the charges are only allegations, we are deeply troubled that certain members of media have jumped to unfair conclusions. Aqib is confident once all facts are known, this matter will be resolved favorably and in an expeditious fashion.”
Talib better hope it is resolved favorably or whatever discipline Roger Goodell could potentially have in mind for him won’t matter. He’ll be facing some hard time. Reisinger, of course, needs to keep in mind that the court of public opinion is going to weigh in no matter what. And the case Talib already went through for punching a cab driver in the head is still fresh on the minds of many. So is the time Talib swung a helmet in practice to hit a Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate and inadvertently struck another teammate. So is the time Talib got into a fight at the NFL’s rookie symposium.
So, Reisinger needs to realize that his client has already developed a track record. Yes, Talib is innocent until proven guilty and allegations made by Garland, Texas police are just that – allegations. It’s still part of a troubling pattern of behavior.
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