Aqib Talib was indicted by a Texas Grand Jury on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Friday. His lawyer Jay Reisinger released the following statement, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
“On May 27, 2011, a grand jury in Dallas, Texas returned a true bill, resulting in the indictment of Aqib Talib. It is important to note that the indictment is merely a formal accusation, and that Mr. Talib has not been convicted of any crime with respect to this matter. The grand jury was not privy to a number of important facts. We are very confident that once we have the opportunity to present all of the facts, this matter will be resolved in Mr. Talib’s favor. Aqib looks forward to putting this matter behind him and returning to the game of football.’’
That is important to remember, this doesn't mean that Talib is formally guilty of any of these charges. An indictment only means that the Grand Jury will be proceeding with their investigation, and will formally levy these charges against Talib. No matter how his lawyer tries to shade it, this isn't great news.