Update on CB Aqib Talib's arraignment on misdemeanor battery charge
The arraignment for CB Aqib Talib's misdemeanor battery case came and went Monday morning without any major revelations.
A Talib attorney appeared, reaffirming that Talib waived his right for a speedy trial, and his right to appear (which is why Talib wasn't present). Talib's written plea of not guilty was officially entered, and another pre-trial hearing was set up for a later date.
It appears this case could drag out for a while - possibly even until after the Bucs season. Assistant state attorney Richard Ripplinger said it's not uncommon for misdemeanor cases to last six months to a year. That would be good for Talib, who likely wouldn't have to deal with any possible discipline from the team - or league - until the case was adjudicated.
There was some talk before that Talib qualified for a pre-trial intervention program, where for first-time offenders, it would result in something like a year of probation, etc. But that apparently isn't an option now.
Ripplinger said with PTI, the alleged victim's opinion plays a big role in whether that is accepted. And in this case, while Talib's side asked if PTI was possible, the alleged victim - cab driver David Duggan - wasn't in favor of it.
Talib, 23, was arrested Aug. 19 after the Florida Highway Patrol said he punched Duggan in the neck and ear with a closed fist while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel.
If convicted, Talib faces up to one year in county jail.
-- JOE SMITH