Bucs holding out hope Goodell waits to address Talib
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding out hope that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will wait until Aqib Talib’s trial has been completed to pass judgment on the cornerback.
But it’s possible the league will come down on Talib, a prior offender of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, during the 2011 season. He faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas for allegedly firing shots at the fleeing boyfriend of his sister.
“I know he's got to go through a whole bunch of legal stuff,'' Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said, according to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, "but I don't think anything will happen as far as the league. They usually wait to pass judgment until something happens legally first. Aqib's ready to go. Aqib's ready to play.''
Goodell has taken action against players prior to any type of court decision and without a court conviction. He’s quicker to deal with players who have been in trouble previously, like Talib. But according to the report, Talib is pouring himself into football in order to maintain his focus on the season ahead.
"Straight football,'' Talib said when asked about possible distractions. "I'm focused only on the stuff I can control. If I can't control it, I'm not going to focus on it. It's about setting that alarm, waking up, making it to meetings, coming out here on the practice field and making (wide receiver) Mike Williams better. It's about seeing Calvin Johnson early, Sept. 11th, when it all starts.''
While early reports after the March incident indicated the Bucs would be quick to dump Talib, the organization has been supportive of him. One report came out after the incident that said Talib told people it was simply his mother who was firing the gun. She has also been charged. Talib says Morris knows what went down.
"That's my dog,'' Talib said. "If anybody's got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.''
Maybe he believes it was mom who was squeezing the trigger too.
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