After the Buccaneers 17-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, cornerback Aqib Talib reportedly got into an altercation with an official. According various media outlets, Talib was arguing with the official over a second quarter pass interference call on fellow cornerback Myron Lewis. Allegedly, Talib had to be restrained by teammates during the argument.
In his Monday press conference head coach Raheem Morris said that he did not know what went down between his player and the official.
“I don’t really know what happened with the post-game stuff and really if you talk to Talib I’m sure he will say that same thing everyone else did,” said Morris. “He talked about the call, disagreed with it to the official, and moved on. If they had words, that is between him and that official. I don’t get into that stuff.”
“He didn’t do anything wrong; he was just in conversation. I’m not going to sit up here and act like Talib has done anything wrong with an official because I am not into that. “
According to Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times, Talib told the official that the call was terrible using an expletive, which caused the official to respond by saying, “You play like a (expletive).” Morris said that sometimes people misunderstand that way his third-year defensive back speaks.
“I think you guys misinterpret how he talks,” said Morris. “His swearing is not necessarily the swearing that you guys would come across and I don’t even know if he swore or not, but I do know that he wanted an explanation on the what the call was as well so he was in there listening and he was a part of it just like the rest of our team was.”
When asked if he was concerned about Talib’s behavior, Morris just pointed to the fact the Talib is playing the best football of his young career.
“You know, you just work with him everyday to get him better and that is what he has been doing,” said Morris. “He is playing at a Pro Bowl level right now. He’s got six interceptions. He’s the best football he has played since he has been a Buccaneer and that’s where he is right now.”
Talib had an interception in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. That now gives him six picks on the season, which ranks second in the NFL behind Philadelphia’s Asante Samuel (7).
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