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Delay of game: Talib trial moved again to June 25



So much for the Bucs wanting to know the outcome of Aqib Talib's legal troubles before next month's NFL draft.

Talib's trial in Texas for assault with a deadly weapon has been moved again, this time to June 25, according to his attorney, Frank Perez.

That won't please the Bucs, who were hopeful of having an outcome to Talib's legal woes before the NFL draft, which begins Thursday, April 26.

It's the second time in a week Talib's trial, orginally scheduled for March 26, has been moved. Perez was notified last week that Talib's court date had been changed to April 16 because the prosecutor's wife was schedule to deliver a baby. At least the Bucs would've known Talib's status before the draft under that scenario.

If convicted, Talib would likely face another suspension from the NFL. He was suspended the first game of 2010 for assaulting a St. Petersburg cab driver in Aug. 2009.

"We want to get this over with before the season starts,'' Perez said Monday in a text to the Times, "so he can get this off his back.''

The Bucs have the No. 5 overall pick in the draft and may be in a position to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Tampa Bay signed Lions free agent cornerback Eric Wright to a five-year, $37.5-million contract and Ronde Barber agreed last week to return for his 16th season.


[Last modified: Monday, March 26, 2012 4:01pm]


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