Aqib Talib Assault Case Dismissed

Aqib Talib's difficult season is over, as the Buccaneers have place the cornerback on injured reserve with a nagging hamstring injury.

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Aqib Talib Is A Changed Man, Says Derrick Brooks

Linebacker Derrick Brooks played 14 NFL seasons, all with the Buccaneers, including 11 Pro Bowls and a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2000. He appeared on a radio show in Tampa Bay to speak about the recent legal troubles of cornerback Aqib Talib, whom Brooks called a "changed man."

"Personally, because I've seen this young man transition here the last eight months, I'm happy for him. I hope justice was served, and I'll just take it at that. But personally, I've been staying in communication with him and I've seen that he's become a changed man at this point. And I hope, as I told him yesterday: "I hope that this continues to put you on the same road you're on of redemption. Be the guy that you've been transitioning to be the last eight months, make sure that that's guy moving forward." I honestly believe that he's a changed man at this point."

The Buccaneers have to hope that Brooks is right about Talib because the talented former first round pick has been little more than a headache to this point in his career.

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Aqib Talib Still Faces Possible NFL Discipline

News that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib's assault case had been dismissed was good news for the young cornerback, but it doesn't necessarily mean that he is out of the woods. As reported by the Tampa Bay TImes, the case dismissal doesn't necessarily mean that Talib will avoid disciplinary action from NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell and draws comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger's four game suspension despite never actually being charged with a crime:

"The difference between Roethlisberger's situation and Talib's is that the former's alleged incident occurred before the NFL lockout. Talib's case has been adjudicated at a time when the players' union has been much more likely to push back on disciplinary issues (see the ongoing battle over the Bounty-gate discipline). That doesn't mean the union will go to bat for Talib, it just suggests Goodell could be less inclined to act given the current environment."

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Aqib Talib Cleared, Assault Case Against Him Dimissed

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will not face a trial this summer for reportedly attacking his sister's former boyfriend. The case was dropped by prosecutors in Texas, according to a report Monday afternoon from the Tampa Bay Times, who did not believe that the main witness would be credible.

Shannon Billings, the man who Talib was accused of attacking, is currently in a Dallas County jail for a March 1 arrest on charges of indecency with a child and sexual contact. Billings was arrested in December 2011 for sexual assault, and is a registered sex offender because of that incident.

If convicted, Talib could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for second-degree felony assault. With the case dismissed, he can start the season in Tampa Bay without the matter hanging over his head. The Buccaneers will certainly appreciate having their top cornerback in the fold without distraction.

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Aqib Talib Update: Accuser Arrested For Sexual Assault Twice

The trial of Aqib Talib has been moved back about a month because the wife of the prosecuting attorney is expecting a child within the next few days, but that is not even the most interesting wrinkle in the trial. The man who has accused Talib of shooting at and pistol whipping him has since been arrested twice, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The man who accused Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib of pistol whipping and firing bullets at him last March has twice been arrested for sexual assault in Texas since that shooting incident.

Shannon Billings, 41, the former live-in boyfriend of Talib’s sister, is sitting in Dallas County jail on a bond of $265,000 after being arrested March 1, 2012 on charges of indecency with a child/sexual contact.

That has to severely reduce the accuser's credibility, whether rightfully so or not. This will certainly complicate things in the eyes of the jury.

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Raheem Morris: Aqib Talib Will Be Welcomed Back By Buccaneers

Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has apparently decided that if he's going to be fired, he's going to go down with guns a'blazing. Morris was anonymously criticized by an anonymous Buccaneer just a week or so ago for being too lenient with Aqib Talib, sending a message to the team that talent is more important than, you know, being a decent human being. According to that player, Morris had to convince GM Mark Dominik to bring Talib back for another year, and that decision has rankled with some players.

Despite that comment, though, Morris went above and beyond to praise Talib following his (potentially) season-ending injury in last weekend's game against the Cowboy. 

"Aqib is a really good football player,'' Morris said. "If we can get Aqib back healthy and get him going, get him stronger, get him faster, get him better -- all those things he'll do this off-season, we can't wait to go back to war with him and get him back on our football team. So he's always one of those guys like that.'' (Rick Stroud, St. Pete Times)

That comment makes it clear: Morris wants Talib back next season, making him just about the only person to think that way. According to a poll conducted over at Bucs Nation, only 14% of Buccaneers fans want him back in a Bucs uniform next season regardless of what happens this offseason. He's been reported to have "anger management issues", and he doesn't come across as an easy fellow to work with. 

If it's any consolation to Buccaneers fans, Morris appears headed out the door as soon as the season finishes. And once that happens, you can almost guarantee that Talib won't be back with the team in 2012. What new coach could possibly want to take on a case like his?

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Aquib Talib Injury Update: Cornerback Placed On Injured Reserve

Aqib Talib's difficult season is over, as the Buccaneers have place the cornerback on injured reserve with a nagging hamstring injury.

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