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Report: Bucs CB Talib facing suspension, to meet with NFL Commissioner in NY Tuesday

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August

It appears that troubled but talented Bucs CB Aqib Talib could miss more games this season.

Talib, 25, is facing a suspension and will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Talib, who was suspended the first game last season for assaulting a cab driver in 2009, is scheduled to stand trial next March on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Talib and Titans receiver Kenny Britt are facing suspensions and both players will meet with Goodell this week, the report said.

Both players may have violated the NFL's personal conduct policy during the league's labor dispute. But Goodell has said he will discipline players who ran afoul of the policy during the lockout. Goodell retained his authority to discipline and fine players under the new collective bargaining agreement. 

Talib and his mother, Okolo, were arrested for their role in a shooting in Garland, Texas, last March 21. Police say that Talib pointed a 9mm handgun at the head of Shannon Billings, the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Saran Talib. He then attempted to pistol whip Billings before the gun was lost in the struggle, striking a fence and jamming.

That’s when police say Okolo Talib arrived at the scene and fired several shots at Billings with a .380 handgun. At some point, Aqib Talib gained possession of his mother’s gun and fired two shots at Billings. Okolo admitted to police in an interview that her son could’ve fired a handgun at his sister’s boyfriend as he chased him during a domestic dispute. That information was part of a three-page arrest affidavit that a Dallas County grand jury used to return an indictment on Talib and his mother for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Okolo Talib said after Aqib took the gun from her, ‘she did hear a shot and eventually admitted it could’ve been Aqib who shot,’ according to the arrest affidavit. She also said after Aqib ‘took the gun from her, he chased after Billings with the gun.’’

Through his attorneys, Talib has vigorously denied the charges. Bucs coach Raheem Morris has said he expects the league to wait until Talib's case was resolved next spring before rendering a judgment.

"Both men are facing lengthy suspensions,'' Schefter reported Monday. "However, Talib's attorneys claim he has a defense that could get him off.''

Talib, a former first round pick from Kansas, is arguably the Bucs' best defender who led the team with six interceptions last season despite missing the final month with a hip injury.

 

[Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2011 11:28pm]

    

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