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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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