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Attorneys for Tampa woman suing Aqib Talib say her complaint was 'summarily ignored'

TAMPA — The Tampa woman who alleged Aqib Talib assaulted her during an accident in 2010 told an investigating officer the Bucs cornerback threatened her. But her attorneys say her complaint was "summarily ignored.'

Betty Atwood, a 54-year-old grandmother, was involved in a minor car accident with Talib near the intersection of Spruce and Westshore Boulevard in December 2010.

In a suit filed Friday in Hillsborough Civil Court, Atwood alleges that Talib threatened to "put a cap" in her.

Attorneys John Diaz and Dennis Lopez on Tuesday played a 911 call from Atwood to the Tampa Police Department in which she reports the accident, asks for police and says a man is outside her car "hollering" at her. At no time during the call does Atwood mention the specific threat.

Atwood's attorneys were responding to a statement by Jay Reisinger, an attorney for Talib, in which he described the threat Friday as "concocted."

Diaz said they were negotiating a settlement with Talib in excess of $15,000 for medical expenses. Talib's attorneys offered a financial settlement which her attorneys would not disclose, except to say that it indicated the matter hadn't been taken seriously.

The night of the accident, Atwood told a 911 dispatcher and later the investigating officer that she was not injured. Her attorneys say she discovered the next morning that she had suffered injuries and sought medical attention.

Atwood made no additional complaint to law enforcement about Talib's threat and conduct on advice of her attorneys. Diaz said Atwood was unaware that Talib was a Buc at the time of the accident. Atwood's attorneys said they have not tried to contact the investigating officer, D.T. Lindsey of the Tampa Police Department.

Attorneys for Tampa woman suing Aqib Talib say her complaint was 'summarily ignored' 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:18pm]
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