NFL suspends CB Talib for one game
The Bucs will open the season against the Cleveland Browns without their best defensive player.
Cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The suspension stems from Talib punching a cab driver in Aug. of 2009
"Since last fall, Aqib has done all that's been asked of him and more, on and especially off the field,'' General manager Mark Dominik said in a statement. "We look forward to his return to the field in Week 2.''
Talib was orginally charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery after police say he punched cab driver David Duggan on the right ear and neck.
Talib, 24, reached a pre-trial intervention agreement with Pinellas prosecutors on the charge of simple battery. The primary requirement of his agreement was that Talib was forced to attend anger management courses.
Even though the incident happened prior to the 2009 season, the league apparently waited for Talib's case to be settled in the court system.
Talib met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but believed he had escaped suspension until Tuesday's announcement. He was not available for comment Tuesday. But in an interview with the Times a few weeks ago, Talib said he had learned his lesson.
"Unfortunately, I was one of the guys who had a chance to go and sit in front of the Commissioner,'' Talib said. "It ain't just Roger in that room. You're sitting there with about eight guys. It's you and eight other guys. It's definitely a situation you don't want to be in. You can tell by the way they treat you the first time you go up there. If you show up again? I can just imagine how they treat you. It's a humbling experience. You don't want to go back there, man. That will make you clean up your act a lot.
"Off the field, I've done a lot less going out. A lot less everything. A lot less alcohol. I just focus on what I'm out here for.''