TAMPA — Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib, expected to stand trial later this month in Texas on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, threatened to shoot a woman after a minor traffic accident a few miles from One Buc Place in December 2010, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Hillsborough County civil court.
But Talib's attorney called it a "tale," concocted 15 months after the accident in an attempt to gain a monetary settlement from an NFL player.
The plaintiff, Betty Atwood, 56, of Tampa, claims Talib threatened "to put a cap in (her)" after he "negligently" caused their vehicles to collide while traveling eastbound on Spruce Street near the intersection of West Shore Boulevard, according to the lawsuit filed March 2 in the civil division of Hillsborough County's 13th Circuit Court.
Atwood said before the arrival of law enforcement, Talib threatened to physically harm her by saying, in a raised voice, "I'll put a cap in you," which she interpreted to mean he intended to shoot her with a firearm.
Atwood is suing Talib, 26, for excess of $15,000 for physical injuries sustained in the accident as well as depression, anxiety and "severe emotional distress."
Tampa police told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday that they have no accident report of the altercation alleged in the lawsuit. However, police don't file a report unless the accident involves bodily injury.
Talib's attorney, Jay Reisinger, released a statement acknowledging a minor accident involving Atwood and his client took place, police were called and witnesses were interviewed. Reisinger claims Atwood never made statements included in her lawsuit until discovering Talib played for the Bucs.
"In order to leverage a substantial monetary settlement, she concocted a tale to increase her alleged damages," Reisinger said. "Aqib is evaluating his legal options with respect to this false allegation. Aqib is confident that once all of the facts are known, this matter will be resolved favorably and in an expeditious fashion."
Attempts to reach Atwood and her attorneys were unsuccessful.
Talib's history of violence began almost as soon as he was drafted by the Bucs out of Kansas in 2008.
The accident involving Atwood occurred nearly four months before Talib, 26, was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon for his involvement in a shooting incident in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, in March 2011.
Talib was suspended the first game of the 2010 season for assaulting a St. Petersburg cab driver in August 2009. He pleaded not guilty and the case was dismissed after he entered a pretrial diversion program and agreed to take anger management classes.