General manager Dominik: no immediate suspension for Talib
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said the team will not immediately suspend cornerback Aqib Talib after his arrest Wednesday evening, but rather work with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in resolving the matter.
Whether that will come before or after the case is adjudicated isn't clear after Dominik's vague and brief statements to reporters a few minutes ago.
"It’s unfortunate what happened last night," he said. "I’ve been in contact with the league office today. This falls under the Personal Conduct Policy. Whatever decision is made, the commissioner’s decision supersedes anything the club does at this time. So, I am working with the commissioner’s office and we’re going to continue to work together through this and come to a resolution.
"I think I'll just let that course run out the way it's supposed to."
Dominik defended the approach, saying the team is working to assist Talib in cleaning up his act.
"What we're doing is trying to help him," Dominik said. "It may not seem like it's working, but we're going to continue to work with him. If he needs counseling, he's going to get counseling."
The league can assess a fine and/or suspend a player if it deems it necessary.
Asked if he believed Talib has problems controlling his emotions, Dominik said, "Aqib is a very outgoing and outspoken young man. He certainly needs to mature a lot more. That's what I'll say."
The combination of Talib's arrest and the suspension of safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday for a substance-abuse violation have reflected poorly on their teammates, Dominik said.
"These last two unfortunate incidents have overshadowed 78 other guys on this football team," he said. "They put themselves in front of the team which is not what we're looking for here in Tampa."
Asked his reaction after today's practice, coach Raheem Morris said, "(Talib) has to continue to grow up. He has to age every day and get better every day. He’s goes a long time doing the right thing and then he messes up. We have to see what’s going on. We have to resolve the issues."