Buccaneers 'deeply troubled' by Aqib Talib's situation
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not permitted to have any contact with Aqib Talib during the NFL lockout.
They can share with the public, however, how they feel about the cornerback after police in Garland, Texas, issued a felony warrant for his arrest today.
"We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said in an emailed statement, according to the Tampa Tribune. "Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."
The Bucs cannot take any personnel action at this point. That doesn’t mean the club can’t plot a future minus Talib during the lockout. He’s been a problem for them in the past – both on and off the field – and despite his supreme talent, this gun-related charge is not battery of a cab driver.
Talib will turn himself into police later this week. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The second-degree felony carries a possible punishment of five to 20 years in prison.
The Tribune also reached Bucs center Jeff Faine, a captain on the team.
“I hope everything works out for Aqib Talib," Faine said. "It's unfortunate to see him caught up in that situation and dealing with what he's dealing with right now. I just hope it all works out for him.”
The NFL’s personal conduct policy is suspended during the lockout but there is no question the league will address the matter after the labor dispute has been resolved. Talib might still be dealing with legal issues at that point. Commissioner Roger Goodell could be the least of his worries for a while.
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