Report: Ruling on Talib could be delayed

Aqib Talib may not find out today whether he will be accepted into a pre-trial intervention program stemming from his assault of a can driver in August.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback is scheduled to have a hearing today in Pinellas County, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. He has applied for a 12-month pre-trial program but the state attorney’s office may not be prepared to rule on the matter.

Talib was charged with simple battery for allegedly hitting cab driver David Duggan in the head. Here’s the rub, at least from our perspective. Cummings writes that the PTI program is “usually reserved for first-time, non-violent offenders.” Talib may be a first-time offender, but what is not violent about hitting a cab driver in the head? The state attorney’s office could be concerned that it might strike as preferential treatment for an athlete if Talib is accepted into the program, which if successfully completed would lead to the charges being dropped.

It wouldn’t be a first-time incident for Talib if charges would have resulted from the time he fought Cory Boyd at the NFL’s rookie symposium or if he would have faced charges from popping teammate Torrie Holt in the face with a helmet last spring when he was trying to hit another teammate, Donald Penn. Perhaps that is something that the law is taking into account as they sort through Talib’s situation.

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