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Aqib Talib a “person of interest” in a March 21 shooting

Aqib Talib, Hines Ward, Mike Wallace AP

The lockout means that players who may require ongoing attention from their teams in order to keep them out of trouble won’t have that support.  Which means that those players could be more likely to get into trouble.

Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, whom coach Raheem Morris once called a “wild child,” fits the profile.  And Talib soon could be fitting into a jail cell.

The Dallas Observer reports that the Garland, Texas police department has labeled Talib as a “person of interest” in a March 21 shooting.  Per the report, five shots were fired from two guns after an altercation involving Talib’s sister, his mother, and his sister’s boyfriend.

Talib could be charged with discharging a firearm in a municipality (a misdemeanor) to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (a felony), or anything in between.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Garland Police Department administration supervisor Captain Patrick McCulley told the Observer.  “But I can confirm that Mr. Talib is a person of interest in the case.”

The details aren’t clear, but according to the incident report Aqib Talib and his mother are both suspected of firing shots at Shannon Billings, the boyfriend of Talib’s sister, as Billings ran from them.

Aqib Talib allegedly pulled out a gun while trying to strike Billings.  Talib dropped the gun, Billings picked it up and took off running, and Talib’s mother pull out her own gun and fired three shots at Billings.  Aqib then allegedly grabbed the gun from his mother and fired two shots of his own.

At the risk of crossing into the melodramatic, this lockout needs to end before a player with real needs for counseling and/or oversight and/or a direct line of communication to his head coach gets into real trouble, or even worse gets killed.

That’s not directed at the league or the players.  It’s directed at both sides, and it provides them with a very tangible reason for getting this deal done, now.

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45 Responses to “Aqib Talib a “person of interest” in a March 21 shooting”
  1. chatham10 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:42 AM

    Call your union for help, Oops sorry, you no longer have a union.

  2. 1bbfan says: Mar 28, 2011 10:43 AM

    What a classy family

  3. Audible Football says: Mar 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    This happens with or without a lockout….

  4. mick730 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:47 AM

    “At the risk of crossing into the melodramatic, this lockout needs to end before a player with real needs for counseling and/or oversight and/or a direct line of communication to his head coach gets into real trouble, or even worse gets killed.”

    I think you need to stop. These NFL players are not children, none of them is under the age of majority. You and your partners keep pushing these players as “partners” in the business known as the National Football League, but in reality, a great many of them are nothing more than common criminals.

    Their behavior has nothing to do with the lockout and nothing to do with the NFL owners. “Wild Child”? Give me a break. If Talib is a “wild child”, what the hell does that make his mother who pulled out her six shooter, or her Glock, or whatever she had, and fired at a man running away from her daughter?

    People used to talk about the NFL stanading for National Felon League, and in too many ways, it’s the truth.

  5. sabeybaby says: Mar 28, 2011 10:47 AM

    By the end of the day, I’m sure someone will put a positive spin on this for slave Aqib and the slave’s Mother.

    The real question is: Since when are slaves allowed to own guns?

  6. ptcraddock says: Mar 28, 2011 10:48 AM

    So this altercation would have gone down differently if the players were not locked out?????? Really? Huh.

  7. gixrider says: Mar 28, 2011 10:52 AM

    Talib dropped the gun, Billings picked it up and took off running, and Talib’s mother pull out her own gun and fired three shots at Billings. Aqib then allegedly grabbed the gun from his mother and fired two shots of his own.
    ——————————————————
    We all can relate to this right? Mom has always got your back! LMAO!!

  8. xcerebus1 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    You mean before some pampered spoiled brat is held accountable for his actions?

  9. bengalsown says: Mar 28, 2011 10:55 AM

    Just goes to show that you never know what can happen in an alternative.q

  10. eagleswin says: Mar 28, 2011 10:57 AM

    “At the risk of crossing into the melodramatic, this lockout needs to end before a player with real needs for counseling and/or oversight and/or a direct line of communication to his head coach gets into real trouble, or even worse gets killed.”

    If the lockout extends into the regular season they could fill the airspace with a new CSI spinoff. CSI NFL.

    It seems to me that there have been a rash of gun related incidents by players since this all began.

  11. bamasucks says: Mar 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    if these idiots need the NFL to keep them from doing this kind of crap, the NFL doesn’t need these idiots.

  12. dolfandan1 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    “Per the report, five shots were fired from two guns after an alternative involving Talib’s sister, his mother, and his sister’s boyfriend.”

    I think you meant “altercation”.

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 28, 2011 11:03 AM

    “Soooo, if i would have shot at someone else, it woulda been a misdemeanor. But, i shoot myself and get two years for a felony. Shout out to the New York, judicial system.”

    – Plaxico Burress

  14. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2011 11:11 AM

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to any Bucs fan. This guy has been a moron for quite some time…a talented moron, but a moron nonetheless.

  15. Kaz says: Mar 28, 2011 11:17 AM

    I’m wondering why there still isn’t any jokes like the Bengals get? Pop quiz. When was the last Bengals player to get arrested?

  16. drbob117 says: Mar 28, 2011 11:21 AM

    @dolfan: Actually, it was ‘alternative’. Like, Talib and his mom COULD have acted like civilized human beings but instead chose the ‘alternative’, lol. There is no truth to the rumor that Talib’s sister provides each new boyfriend with a pair of track shoes on the first date. Seriously though, this Talib creep found plenty of time to get into trouble even before the lockkout, maybe Goodell should send him a one year message when it finally ends.

  17. brooks07 says: Mar 28, 2011 11:24 AM

    I wonder if this latest incident makes Morris & Dominik start giving serious thought to Nnamdi Asomugha. It should.

  18. jimmysee says: Mar 28, 2011 11:29 AM

    This conduct is downright appalling.

    The league should implement a 1-year suspension for any incident involving a player and a gun.

  19. bucneckid says: Mar 28, 2011 11:36 AM

    With Consideration to the players being locked out, does the NFL have any official concern of this or jurisdiction over this players off-field actions? I mean, if he is locked out, does that mean he is subject to their conduct policies? and if he is not, then this can not pile onto his already despicable NFL conduct violations file – meaning he cannot be suspended for this, right?
    He is still a turd and he is a prime example of somebody who cannot handle too much time on his hands.

  20. easyeddie says: Mar 28, 2011 11:37 AM

    Why do “grown men” like this loser need to be babysat constantly? I’m so sick and tired of reading about this crap on a regular basis.

  21. goawayeverybody says: Mar 28, 2011 11:41 AM

    There should be an IQ test for gun ownership in the United States.

  22. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 28, 2011 11:46 AM

    Adrian Peterson says the revolution has started to end NFL player slavery!

  23. olcap says: Mar 28, 2011 11:48 AM

    You know, your attempt to connect this scenario of a misguided young NFL player with the lockout is beyond ridiculous. This is motivation for ending the lockout? Really?? So that Raheem Morris can go back to playing MOMMY for Aquib? Thoroughly and utterly ridiculous.

    The truth of the matter is that this is just another of the malcontents that have athletic ability and no sense. It’s another of those guys that the “responible” NFL owners draft into their system, knowing from the outset that it’s a dangerous and misguided person they have just unloaded millions of dollars on, and it’s but a matter of time until something bad happens.

    Simple as that, Mike. Without all the hubub, it all goes back to the owners’ collective greed.

  24. melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2011 11:50 AM

    We are kidding, need the NFL to keep players out of trouble. These players have been stroked for so long they have no clue. Another example money and noterity does not make one an ADULT. Thes people need to grow up and pay up when in trouble like many accept each day out in the so called REAL world.

  25. shumagorath says: Mar 28, 2011 11:53 AM

    Can’t run from the gun, but I guess you can from an NFL corner … but his mom will be packing heat.

    As a Bucs fan, if Talib can’t cover his own arse (or his mom’s) how can we expect him to cover a reciever?

  26. olcap says: Mar 28, 2011 11:55 AM

    Uh… NO Plaxico, you don’t have that quite right. The FELONY that you were charged and convicted of, was HAVING a gun on your person in New york City. That, my friend, is against the law in New York City. If you were a bit sharper upstairs, then you might have understood that you were committing a crime, punishable by JAIL time, by even HAVING the gun with you when you went to the club.

    I guess we really shouldn’t expect much from you as far as being able to understand the laws, right? Just cry cry cry after you are in the slammer.

  27. depack says: Mar 28, 2011 11:58 AM

    So Flo…you are saying that another reason for the lockout to end is so these owners can get back to babysitting the players? Man, you sound desperate. I guess your bank account is directly affected by this, so it is hard for you to think reasonably. I haven’t read any articles about the owners getting into trouble during the lockout.

    It just goes to show that these players are a bunch of overpaid neanderthals. C’mon Aqib, most millionaire players buy their mom a house, not a gun.

    It also shows why he plays defense. If he could hold onto a gun he would be a wide receiver.

  28. pftgbp says: Mar 28, 2011 11:59 AM

    “At the risk of crossing into the melodramatic, this lockout needs to end before a player with real needs for counseling and/or oversight and/or a direct line of communication to his head coach gets into real trouble, or even worse gets killed.”

    Are you kidding me??? Thank God I have a job so that I have the counseling and oversight of my employer so that I don’t start shooting people.

  29. duanethomas says: Mar 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    Well adjusted family and I can only imagine what Thanksgiving is like. Nothing wrong with the story if it’s 1810, but not now.

  30. JimmySmith says: Mar 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    The biggest difference between Talib and Chris Cook of the Vikings is that Talib can actually cover a NFL WR.

  31. ruvelligwebuike says: Mar 28, 2011 12:21 PM

    I heard they had him at point blank range, but they both missed because they were holding the gun sideways.

  32. giggetygiggety says: Mar 28, 2011 12:22 PM

    A family that plays together stays together…… Stay classy Texas.

  33. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 28, 2011 12:45 PM

    @KAZ you beat me to it… the string of legal troubles of NFL players not employed by Cincy is adding up quickly, without the obligatory piling on associated with Bengal players… the last legal issue for cincy was benson’s bar fight nearly 2 years ago, and i believe charges were dropped.

  34. bengalfannomatterwhat says: Mar 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    Rey maualuga got his dui last january but still nothing like a gun charge

  35. bucsballer says: Mar 28, 2011 1:11 PM

    Ughhhh the bright spot on Tampa. I knew this guy was troubled but I was hoping it wouldn’t go this far. Tampa we needa figure out our corner situation now cause this guy is a tassel and idk how much more trouble he can get into

  36. armchairgm9 says: Mar 28, 2011 1:28 PM

    Benson bar fight was late June 2010 when he punched a bartender in the face. Wasn’t punished. Ray Maualuga was the last to actually get in trouble for a DUI in January 2010.

  37. thehighhat says: Mar 28, 2011 1:30 PM

    Tampa Bay IS the new Bengals!

  38. airraid77 says: Mar 28, 2011 2:11 PM

    this isnt the first incident with him……and it will draw a suspension from the goodell if they ever play again.

  39. ilpackerbacker says: Mar 28, 2011 2:12 PM

    I played some Cypress Hill in the car this morning …

    One little two little three hoodlums
    Gotta hit the ground ’cause here the slug comes
    What do you know, click clack goes the gun
    Make ‘em run boy, make ‘em run boy, make ‘em run

  40. jiminauburn says: Mar 28, 2011 2:15 PM

    Wonder how long before someone comes out covering for him. His mom will probably tell the police that she was the one that did all the shooting.

  41. crabboil says: Mar 28, 2011 3:29 PM

    Aqib Talib will become an even more dangerous criminal as his bank account becomes depleted. The lockout needs to end so that animals like this guy don’t become desperate.

    that’s the angle you should have gone for.

  42. frankvzappa says: Mar 28, 2011 3:42 PM

    lets hope this lockout drags on a little while…this is the most exciting offseason in years! who said it was going to be a slow few months?

  43. rcali says: Mar 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    No way this is a real story. It’s way too good. Early April fool’s joke.

  44. stairwayto7 says: Mar 28, 2011 5:14 PM

    Where is the 6 game suspension Goodell?????

    Also, where was daddy at with his gun? Oh wait, he don’t know who his dad is!

  45. dd393 says: Mar 28, 2011 7:56 PM

    It’s good to see NFL players being good citizens and exercising their second amendment rights.

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