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Bucs react to Aqib Talib arrest warrant



There wasn't much good to say in the wake of today's news regarding Aqib Talib, which is why we probably haven't heard much from teammates or others.

But we have gotten some limited reaction, including a tersely-worded statement from Bucs general manager Mark Dominik.

"We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib," it said. "Due to the current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."

The Bucs and all NFL teams are prohibited from making roster moves during the league's work stoppage.

We also got some reaction from a conversation we had earlier tonight with center Jeff Faine.

I asked Faine whether the news was a surprise to him, given the nature of the allegations -- that Talib fired a gun at his sister's boyfriend. Faine admitted that Talib has a long history of improper conduct, but he said he was still taken aback.

"I think for the people outside of the team, they wouldn't be surprised by this because of his history," said Faine, a team captain. "But me, I am a bit shocked. At the end of the day, at his core, he is a good person. He's had his issues. No question. I realize that. But it's definitely shocking."

Faine added that the current labor standoff has created a tense environment in and of itself. Adding Talib's legal problems to the mix is less than ideal, he said.

"The temperature of what's going on with us, it's already pretty hot," he said. "So, this is something you really don't want to deal with in any offseason, but especially in this offseason.

"I support him and hopefully he gets through this and gets his due process."

Regarding Talib's talent on the field, which is undeniable, Faine said this:

"I don't know if anybody really needs to say this, but it's almost to the point where Coach (Raheem) Morris doesn't even need to worry about (Talib's) side of the field. He's been beat, of course, but that's because he's an aggressive player. I wouldn't want it any other way."

Talib has 15 interceptions in his three NFL seasons, including a team-high six in 2010, when he played just 11 games. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:14pm]


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