Aqib Talib Case In Court Thursday

The Bucs' cornerback surrendered to police in Garland, Texas, who charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Aqib Talib To Find Out His Fate Stemming From Gun Charges On Friday

Aqib Talib is probably going to be released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whenever the NFL Lockout is finished due to his off the field problems. Unfortunately for the NFL's 69th best cornerback, though off-field problems continue to pile up.

A Dallas County grand jury is expected to return an indictment of Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the St. Petersburg Times reports, with the announcement probably being released to the public on Friday morning according to his lawyer.

These charges come from March 21 when police say Talib attempted to pistol whip and later fired gunshots at his sister's boyfriend, Shannon Billings. According to the Times, Talib is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony which carries a punishment of 2-20 years in prison.

If the indictment results don't come back in Talib's favor -- and let's face it, the odds seem to be against him -- there's a good chance he'll be facing some sort of suspension from Roger Goodell and the NFL whenever things return to normal.

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NFL Rumors: For Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Decision To Release Aqib Talib Is A Matter of 'When' Not 'If'

According to a recent article by Rick Stroud in the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all but made up their mind to release Aqib Talib, the judgement-impaired cornerback whose off-field troubles have overshadowed his undeniable talent.

Talib was recently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a March 21st incident in Texas during which police believe he fired a gun at a relative’s girlfriend police. Serious stuff, punishable for two to 20 years if convicted.

Not that you need any reminder, but as Stroud notes, this is hardly the first misstep by Talib since he was drafted by the Bucs in ’09:

He fought a teammate at the NFL rookie symposium. In 2009 he swung a helmet at tackle Donald Penn during an argument and inadvertently struck cornerback Torrie Cox, splitting his head open. Last year Talib agreed to a deal with prosecutors to resolve a battery charge after he was accused of hitting a St. Petersburg cab driver, and he was suspended for the first game last season by commissioner Roger Goodell.

I suppose it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Bucs are reportedly intent on parting ways with Talib. Talib might be looking at a 6-8 game suspension from the league. That’s if he’s not locked up for the second degree felony charges he’s facing. And even if the Bucs could stomach losing Talib for a prolonged period of time in the short term, they thankfully don’t plan on naively hoping that this will be the wake up call that the embattled 25-year old needs to finally get his life on track.

The Bucs have reached a point where they believe Talib’s talent no longer justifies the trouble he generates. They believe it’s only a matter of time before he runs afoul of the rules again.

It’s all sad, but hey, the Bucs would be making the smart decision. They rolled the dice a bit on the kid, got some solid production out of him the two years he was in town, didn’t commit too many financial or human resources to the project, then cut their losses at the right moment, realizing a new culture had already planted roots throughout the rest of the Tampa Bay organization. No shame in that sequence of events for the organization if you ask me.

With historic developments on the lockout front in store as early as this week, not to mention the upcoming Draft beginning on Thursday, it already promises to be an interesting week for NFL fans. For Tampa Bay partisans,Talib’s unfortunate circumstance only multiplies the stakes. Suddenly cornerback looks like a position the team might need to invest a high draft pick on once more, just two short years after using a first round chip on Talib. No real choice in that division — no talent at corner = no chance at slowing down the likes of Drew Brees and Matt Ryan on a consistent basis.

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Aqib Talib Surrenders, Is Booked On Aggravated Assault Charges

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has surrendered to police in Garland, TX, according to NFL reporter Rick Stroud, ending a bizarre three-day stretch in which police sought him as a “person of interest” in a shooting which took place at his sister’s home on March 21, and beginning what is sure to be a long struggle with the law. More details about the night in question are available here.

Stroud says police booked Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, following his surrender.

Talib, 24, led the Bucs with six interceptions last season; he also ranked ninth on the team by tallying 40 tackles. He’s valuable to the team, but the allegations against him are so serious the Bucs issued a statement expressing their concern, which violates NFL rules due to the current work stoppage. That Tampa Bay risked a penalty to make that statement attests to how seriously it’s taking Talib’s situation.

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Warrant Issued For Bucs Cornerback Aqib Talib And His Mother

Multiple sources have reported that a warrant for arrest has been issued for Aqib Talib and his mother, Okolo, in relation to the domestic disturbance in which he allegedly fired a handgun at Shannon Billings, the boyfriend of Talib’s sister.

Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony that could land him behind bars for anywhere from five to 20 years, according to The St. Petersburg Times. His mother received the same charge, plus an additional felony count of possession of a firearm.

 

A Arrest Warrant has been issued for #Bucs CB Aqib Talib and mom. The charge, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd degree felonyless than a minute ago via web

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