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August 24, 2011 @ 1:35 pm
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Talib Offers No Details Of Meeting With Goodell

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Scott Reynolds

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Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib addressed the media regarding his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday, but did not offer up any details. The Bucs are bracing for Talib, who was arrested on aggravated assault charges this offseason, to be suspended.
Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib discussed his meeting on Tuesday in New York with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but didn’t disclose any specifics, unlike Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, who also met with Goodell to discuss his offseason arrest but chose to offer up details of the meeting to the media.

“I met with the commissioner, but will keep all the details between me and the commissioner if you all can respect that,” Talib politely told reporters four times when asked about specifics of the conversation.

Talib was meeting with Goodell at the NFL’s headquarters to discuss his offseason arrest and aggravated assault charge in Texas for allegedly attempting to pistol whip his sister’s boyfriend, who had reportedly been abusing her. Shots were also fired at the boyfriend and both Talib and his mother were arrested as a result. Talib has been indicted by a grand jury and is expected to stand trial in March of 2012.

When asked how he is coping with the looming trial and a possible suspension during the 2011 season while trying to prepare to play football, Talib suggested that what he’s going through is no different than the lives of most ordinary people.

“It is life, man,” Talib said. “I am sure you’ve got obstacles in your life that you’ve got to overcome. My life is no different than neither one of yours (the media). Obstacles [and] work – you’ve got to know how to handle it.”

Talib’s meeting with the commissioner was his second within a year. Talib met with Goodell a year ago prior to being suspended for the 2010 season opener against Cleveland for an incident that happened on the last day of training camp in 2009 when he was arrested for punching a cab driver.

The chances of Talib being suspended are quite good given his past transgressions, which have involved getting into a fight at the league’s rookie symposium in 2008 with former teammate Cory Boyd, and an incident in which he swung a helmet at teammate Donald Penn and hit fellow cornerback Torrie Cox in the face during practice. Those instances went unpunished by the league.


When Talib was suspended for the 2010 season opener, he still showed up to the stadium and watched the game from a luxury suite, which violates league rules involving suspended players. The league did not take further action against Talib at the time, but may decide to hold that against him when coupled with his most recent arrest.

There is also precedent for Goodell to suspend players while their legal situations are still pending, even though such actions could subject the league to lawsuits if the respective players are found not guilty of the crimes they have been charged with.

In 2007, Goodell suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones even while his legal woes were still unresolved. The NFL Players Association appealed the suspension based on the fact the charges were still pending and the union wrote a letter to Goodell stating the suspension "violates clearly established principles of employment and labor law and that no player has ever been disciplined by the commissioner for conduct relating to criminal charges while they are pending."

 In 2009, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games (reduced to four) for violating the league’s personal conduct policy over sexual assault allegations, even though criminal charges were never brought against the quarterback.

While the Bucs are bracing for a suspension and preparing E.J. Biggers to start opposite Ronde Barber in Talib’s place for the season opener against Detroit on September 11, Talib had to do some bracing of his own when the affects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia reached New York.

“We felt it a little bit - the aftershock,” Talib said. “The commissioner said we were straight, though, so I wasn’t worried about it.”

Talib, who had a career-high six interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, in 2010 while missing five games, has been nursing a sore hamstring and missed the first two preseason games. He returned to practice on Wednesday and hopes to play in Saturday’s home preseason contest against Miami.

“Yes, I went through all the plays today,” Talib said. “I came and got into rehab in the cold chair. It felt pretty good so [I] should be able to go.

“Yes, I am trying to get healthy, man. I am just seeing if I can go. I’m trying to just get right, man. I am almost there. I’m trying to get healthy enough to play, though. That is my goal. I’m looking forward to it.”

But whether Talib will be able to play with the Buccaneers, who went 4-1 without him in 2010, once the regular season starts is still for the commissioner to decide.
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    The guy is a head case, which is a shame because we need him. His pattern of behavior is predictable - its just a matter of time before he's wearing the bracelets again. Maybe he'll make the "All - C.O.P.S. Team".
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    I hear a lot of people laying down some heavy judgements on Talib. Not the least of which is Rick "The Shroud" Stroud of the St. Pete Times. Check me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it seem like "The Shroud from the Black Cloud" will be devastated if Talib doesn't draw a big suspension. I guess since "The Shroud" can't carry Stephen Holder's jockey strap as a sports writer he is working on his Pulitzer in negative.
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    why dont u call a spade a spade he is a punk. his teammates say he is complicated whatever i say call it like it is.... punk
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    "It is life man, said Talib. I am sure you have obtacles in your life that you've got to overcome." Uhm, the last time I ever shot at anyone or shot someone was because they were trying to kill me and that was in a War. Same ole same ole? No remorse whatsoever. Some of you who try to support him because he is innocent until proven guilty might want to read the transcripts. Most of us would not give this dumb thug the time of day if he was not a Buccanner and a good player. Talk about character and ethics; come on. He needs to admit to what he did, pay for it and show the NFL that he's a changed man.
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    He certainly isn't a guy I would invite over to have a beer...
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    He shouldn't be suspended. Innocent until proven guilty.
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    whatever the punishment he earned it...glad we didn't cut him though(even though it was reported that we were going to...SMH)...gotta keep him as a Buc
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    I dont get it? When do we find out if or how long he is suspended???
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    Probably the week before the first regular season game. Goodell likes to put players on the hot seat and then let them stew to increase the impact of teaching them a lesson.
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    This Talib storyline is worn out, I wish the Warden would just go ahead and issue the suspension and eliminate the suspense, so we can talk more about real football.
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    "Well what had happen was my mom shot at this dude, not me" is typically not a good defense but I hope it works. He is so close to being an all pro corner and we need him bad!
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