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Anger management the primary condition in resolution of Aqib Talib's case



A judge has approved Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib's pre-trial intervention agreement with state prosecutors, as expected. The case stems from a a simple battery charge last year.

Not surprisingly, the chief requirement of Talib in this program is his fulfillment of anger management counseling. Talib's arrest by authorities in Pinellas County stemmed from his apparent unprovoked punching of a cab driver last August. If he complies with the program's requirements -- there are others beyond the counseling sessions -- all charges will be dropped after his conclusion of the program. Such pre-trial interventions are typically offered only to first-time offenders, such as Talib.

His lawyer, Ron Hanes, said the process should be a painless one.

"We are certain that Aqib will have everything behind him by the start of the season," Hanes said.

Talib is still subject to discipline from the Bucs and/or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but it's not yet clear what, if anything, will happen. Talib has been fined on multiple occasions by the club for everything from conduct to tardiness.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:59pm]


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