Monday, March 28, 2011

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib is a Person of Interest in Shooting

While all the talk over the last week was surrounding Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant being thrown out of a local mall, there could be another former Texas athlete in trouble with the law.

Aqib Talib, a former high school standout at Richardson Berkner and current cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is being called a "person of interest" by Garland police after an incident back on March 21st.

According to Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer, Talib could be arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within a municipality (class A misdemeanor) or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony).

Though the Garland Police Department says the investigation is ongoing, according to the report from that night, Talib and Shannon Billings the boyfriend to Talib's sister got into an altercation. Talib tried to pistol whip Billings and then apparently fired several rounds at him as Billings ran from the scene on foot.

For the Bucs cornerback, it's not the first time he's been in trouble because of his violent temper.

In August of 2009, Talib was arrested for battery and resisting arrest after assaulting a taxi driver. A few months prior to that, he got into a fight with a teammate during training camp. While he and the teammate were being separated by other players, Talib apparently swung his helmet and hit another player in the face.

At the end of the 2010 season, Talib got into a shouting match with a referee after the Buccaneers lost to the Baltimore Ravens and apparently threatened to punch the official but only after Talib was cussed at. Something he apparently took personally and had to be restrained.

Until more details are known of the alleged incident and the outcome of the investigation by Garland Police, it's premature to say one way or the other if there is going to be any reaction either by the Bucs of the NFL themselves.

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