After arrest, what now for Buccaneers' Aqib Talib?
With Buccaneers starting cornerback Aqib Talib arrested this morning in Pinellas County, we can say there likely will be some form of discipline meted out.
That can come in one of two ways.
The team could step in proactively and fine and/or suspend Talib, an option that general manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris must weigh carefully. There is precedent in Tampa Bay for such a move. Fellow cornerback Torrie Cox was suspended for a game by the club in 2005 after a drunk-driving arrest.
Doing so would certainly send a message to Talib and his teammates about how the team's new brass is going to handle discipline. They have not been hesitant to assess fines, but this alleged offense -- especially given Talib's past -- could influence the Bucs to react in a more severe manner.
As far as the NFL is concerned, the league generally waits for a case to be adjudicated or until its own investigation is complete before determining discipline. But the Personal Conduct Policy permits the commissioner to act before such time if the player is a "repeat offender."
We're in the process of trying to determine whether Talib is classified in that category given his past run-ins.