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Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he's 'never ever once been disrespected by (Aqib) Talib'

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was pressed today about cornerback Aqib Talib breaking curfew following the loss to the Patriots in London.

Morris said that yes, Talib was one of a few guys who broke the after-game curfew, with some players going out to dinner with their wives, or teammates. That, Morris said, has been handled internally.

But Morris was very emphatic on one thing: Morris said Talib never disrespected him. There were reports on 620-WDAE that Talib swore at Morris in a confrontation at the hotel when he got back. But Morris appeared to shoot those down Tuesday.

"I've never ever once been disrespected by Talib – in life. Never," Morris said. "Myself and Talib, we have a great relationship. I don’t think we’ve ever had an argument. Now I‘ve yelled at him before, but I don’t know that we’ve had an argument before."

As for the report of curse words being exchanged, Morris said "we use swear words to each other everyday" on the football field.

"I wouldn't necessarily call it disrespect," Morris said. "The swear words, that’s talk on the football field, we do that all the time, we swear today on the field talking about a play we need to get done and how we need to get it done.

"It's just a form of communication of some sorts. He’s never disrespected me. He’s always been as respectful as you can be to a coach, to a brother figure, a father figure, however he looks at me. I’ve never had a problem with Talib.


-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:47pm]

    

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