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Aqib Talib: “My dog” Raheem Morris “got the real true story”

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When Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the spring, there were reports that the Bucs would cut him as soon as the lockout ended. But Talib is at training camp with his teammates, and all indications are that the Bucs want him in their starting lineup when the regular season starts.

So why is Talib still in good standing? Talib told the Tampa Tribune that he has a strong relationship with Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and has given Morris a credible explanation of what happened during the incident in question.

“That’s my dog,” Talib said of Morris. “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.”

For his part, Morris said he thinks the league will let Talib’s legal situation case reach its conclusion before deciding whether to suspend him under the personal-conduct policy.

“I know he’s got to go through a whole bunch of legal stuff,” Morris said, “but I don’t think anything will happen as far as the league. They usually wait to pass judgment until something happens legally first. Aqib’s ready to go. Aqib’s ready to play.”

Actually, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made clear that he doesn’t have to wait until a player is convicted before suspending him under the personal conduct policy — players have been suspended simply for being arrested, and Ben Roethlisberger was suspended simply for being accused, even though he was never arrested. So Talib isn’t necessarily in the clear with the league office.

But Talib is apparently in the clear as far as Morris is concerned. For all his off-field trouble, Talib still has the support of his head coach.

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49 Responses to “Aqib Talib: “My dog” Raheem Morris “got the real true story””
  1. renaissanceman87 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:43 AM

    I once referred to my great-uncle (who is a priest) as ‘dog’ just trying to be funny… he slapped me upside the head.

  2. 1bigtex says: Aug 9, 2011 7:44 AM

    “For all his off-field trouble, Talib still has the support of his head coach.”

    I’m absolutely sure that the coach’s support has nothing what so ever to do with not having a better on-field option. Oh well, at least Tampa has the 30th best punter in the league tied up for $20 million. That Tampa GM is a genius!

  3. tv426 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:50 AM

    If his coach is “his dog” what is he? The dog poop?

  4. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:50 AM

    Yes, Aquib, a beacon of professionalism. My boss gets on us for being on the internet at work, but Ill just be like, “yo whats up dog, you got my back right.” Thanks Aquib, you just saved my job.

  5. packattack1967 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:51 AM

    Where’s Lombardi when we need him?

  6. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 9, 2011 7:51 AM

    ““That’s my dog,” Talib said of Morris. “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.””

    SO the police don’t get the real true story, the D.A. doesn’t. This guy is a P.O.S. and just trouble waiting to happen…again. But it’s nice that he’s that close with “his dog” head coach. I know that’s slang, but show some freaking respect.

  7. benh999 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:52 AM

    Vick’s dog had the real story too.

  8. alonestartexan says: Aug 9, 2011 7:53 AM

    When a player refers to his head coach as ” My Dog “, It’s probably time to send him packing..

    Just my $0.02.

    And this guy has a college degree ?

  9. jcaulfield8 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:00 AM

    “I’m absolutely sure that the coach’s support has nothing what so ever to do with not having a better on-field option. Oh well, at least Tampa has the 30th best punter in the league tied up for $20 million. That Tampa GM is a genius!”

    that kicker dropped 29 punts inside the 20 last year..shortens the field and messes up his stats…set a league record in 2008 with a TOTAL of 49 return yards for the year…yeah im pretty sure the gm knows a hell of a lot more about talent evaluation than you 1bigtex..you moron

  10. cup1981 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:00 AM

    Wow, if this guy doesn’t get at least 6 games, I don’t know what to say…

  11. arrogantathlete says: Aug 9, 2011 8:04 AM

    You guys ha e to understand they are only professional when they are signing their contract. They go back ghetto any other time. So I laugh when people call these athletes professional.

  12. cakemixa says: Aug 9, 2011 8:10 AM

    Now that’s gangsta

  13. thetechnocrat says: Aug 9, 2011 8:21 AM

    If Morris thinks he got the real story, then he’sas dumb as Talib.

    If Talib told him the real story, then if I were a prosecutor, I’d call Raheem to the stand and grill him.

    What a complete waste, just go away trash.

  14. thetechnocrat says: Aug 9, 2011 8:23 AM

    I miss the game the old players talk about. If a guy was trouble or a locker room cancer, they’d kick the crap out of him and he’d but cut and no one would sign him.

    Sigh, the good old days before money ruled the league.

  15. stanklepoot says: Aug 9, 2011 8:25 AM

    I think what Morris is saying is that the league tends to wait for law enforcement to show what it’s got. In the Roethlisberger case, there was no arrest but law enforcement did wrap up its investigation. So, technically, the league did wait for law enforcement to be done before it handed down its punishment. In a case like this, law enforcement can’t simply publicize its evidence as there is a trial scheduled, and doing so could prejudice a jury. So, the league really has nothing to go on other than the limited reports that have leaked out.

    Having said that, given Talib’s past problems, and the fact that he’s facing serious charges, it’d probably be better to “wait and see” with Talib not eligible to play rather than on the field. We’re not talking about random accusations made by some unknown person (and no, i’m not attacking Roethlisberger’s accuser, just making a general statement). There’s enough evidence here that the D.A. has no reservations about moving forward with a trial. While that, in and of itself, proves nothing, Talib’s past history means he probably shouldn’t be given the benefit of the doubt while we wait for the legal process to take it’s course.

    As for Morris, it’s not that he has Talib’s back. It’s that the trial isn’t likely to conclude until after this season is over. The Bucs don’t have a better option at CB, so Morris and the FO figure get one more year at least out of Talib. If they have to replace him next season they will, but they’re going to get every last penny worth of value out of him while they can.

  16. theletdowns says: Aug 9, 2011 8:27 AM

    The rumor is that his sister’s boyfriend was beating her, and Talib pulled out a gun. Which, IF TRUE, while criminal, is understandable. How many of you would do the same? I can’t say that I wouldn’t.

  17. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 9, 2011 8:27 AM

    When an employee can get away with calling their immediate supervisor “dog” then there is a serious lack of respect. Would it be surprising if Aqib (what the hell kind of name is that?) pretty much knew he could do whatever he wanted in the future too because his boss is his dog? What a decay of society.

  18. gcsuk says: Aug 9, 2011 8:28 AM

    How can you argue against something spoken so eloquently? Not Guilty!

  19. justentertainingthestupid says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    This guy is doomed.

  20. tkebean says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    Getting suspended for being accused is just plain ridiculous. Talib should not be suspended until he has his day in court. Just as Ben R. should not have been suspended either. No wonder some players wanted Goodell out as the Judge & Jury of the Player Conduct. Goodell is a joke.

  21. buhbay1c says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    I’m sure “Rah” appreciates the nickname and Talib’s uncanny way of perpetuating stereotypes.

  22. texline1 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    Maybe it’s time to euthanize his dog.

  23. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    Hey should get suspended for that comment alone

  24. mackie66 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:39 AM

    Yo Talib, my dog is squatt’en in the back yd. My dog spot, see spot run, see spot shoot the neighbor.

  25. 1bigtex says: Aug 9, 2011 8:41 AM

    @jcaufield8

    So he dropped some punts inside the 20. Isn’t that his job? It’s not as if he’s the best in the league at that either (what is he, 8th?). He also has had twice as many punts blocked as Shane Lechler and three times as many as Matt McBriar. I’m sure that has no effect at all on field position. It’s almost $20 million for a PUNTER! And this from a team that basically did nothing else in Free Agency besides resign one of their OGs. With the change in kickoffs, his kickoff leg is negated. What’s the point? To my way of thinking, a moron is someone who believes the Bucs inaction in Free Agency is acceptable, but hey, YMMV.

  26. wizahdry says: Aug 9, 2011 8:49 AM

    This article is a perfect example of why the Bucs have more players with mugshots then pro bowls.

  27. biggerballz says: Aug 9, 2011 9:00 AM

    does this make raheem an accessory?

  28. p31squared says: Aug 9, 2011 9:04 AM

    I can hear Smokey saying, “That’s my dawg! That’s my dawg!”

  29. tkraw33 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:05 AM

    “When a player refers to his head coach as ” My Dog “, It’s probably time to send him packing..

    Just my $0.02.

    And this guy has a college degree ?”

    Well, he did go to Kansas….

  30. chopblocked says: Aug 9, 2011 9:14 AM

    “That’s my dog,” Talib said of Morris. “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.”

    ————————-

    Then one suspects the D.A, prosecuting the case will soon be having a little sit down with “Rah” to compare notes.

  31. patmacrevis says: Aug 9, 2011 9:20 AM

    Sick em raheem….yea thats my dog. Good boy .beggin strips for you tonight

  32. doe22us says: Aug 9, 2011 9:34 AM

    Is this American Idol????

  33. jayhawk6 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    So if Aqib goes down on this charge, does that mean his dog ate his defense?

  34. snowpea84 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    Wow…..

  35. kingjoe1 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    “If anybody’s got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.”

    Just thinking…shouldn’t you have told the police the real story too?

    I wonder now that Raheem could be called as a witness in the case against Talib, will Raheem be his dog in court?

  36. dafranchize says: Aug 9, 2011 10:20 AM

    Amazing how someone with so much physical talent, who has the potential to be one of the best players at his position and make a truck load of money can be so damn stupid.

    This idiot thinks he’s gangster but whats worse is that he acts like it in front of professionals who could care less how cool you sound, they just want to make sure you won’t act like a moron in the future.

  37. gatherspeed says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Talib is a first class talent, but also a giant knuckle head.

    The double standard is in full effect, but don’t think it’s the Bucs. Any team would do the same. He is that good.

  38. gmoedc says: Aug 9, 2011 10:27 AM

    Not that any of your opinions matter, and you can say the same about me, but could you all sound any more old, white, and out of touch?
    None of your “my dog” comments are funny and surely aren’t clever.
    My old football coach (just as suburban and white as I am) would have no issue with me calling him “my dog”. He might find is funny if anything. The thought of that being disrespectful (saying that we’re close) is out of the question as well.
    Obviously the kids an idiot and I think the Buc’s should have cut him a while ago. I’m sure he’ll get in more trouble with the law.
    But C’mon guys. Try not to be such simpletons with your comments.

  39. knucklebucket says: Aug 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    He named his dog Raheem Morris?

  40. m2karateman says: Aug 9, 2011 10:45 AM

    theletdowns says:
    Aug 9, 2011 8:27 AM
    The rumor is that his sister’s boyfriend was beating her, and Talib pulled out a gun. Which, IF TRUE, while criminal, is understandable. How many of you would do the same? I can’t say that I wouldn’t.

    ———————————————————
    Actually, if that’s the true story, then it’s not a criminal act. If he had a CPL to carry that gun, then he has a right to use it to defend a loved one who is being attacked.
    I am not a fan of Talib, and the fact that there were conflicting stories even within his family makes the whole thing suspicious. But if he pulled that gun to protect his sister and stop the attack, then it’s not considered illegal.

  41. tyelee says: Aug 9, 2011 10:47 AM

    “My dog” Raheem Morris

    So the players are the ones training their coach…. That answers many questions about the Bucs and why they get NO RESPECT…. As a fan, I’m being to lose respect for them myself!

  42. 1bigtex says: Aug 9, 2011 11:10 AM

    “The rumor is that his sister’s boyfriend was beating her….. How many of you would do the same?”

    First off, the guy is a professional athlete. Does he really need a gun when confronted with some punk who beats women? I certainly wouldn’t and I hope the majority of those posting wouldn’t either. Secondly, should any female relative of mine be hanging around with a women-beater, my first course of action would be to ask them why the hell were they with a bum like that. Thirdly, witness statements from neighbors (including a retired police officer) claim that both Talib and his jailbird mother fired shots at the fleeing boyfriend.

    Long story short, Talib is walking the streets for the following reasons;
    1: He’s got money
    2: He’s got a good lawyer
    3: He’s a lousy shot

    Anybody without the resources to hire a top-flight criminal defense attorney would be locked up. It has nothing to do with right and wrong. It has everything to do with money.

  43. brasho says: Aug 9, 2011 11:36 AM

    shieldsisland37 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 7:50 AM
    Yes, Aquib, a beacon of professionalism. My boss gets on us for being on the internet at work, but Ill just be like, “yo whats up dog, you got my back right.” Thanks Aquib, you just saved my job.

    ++++++++++++

    Hopefully, your boss doesn’t mind your lack of attention to detail, because in that aspect of performance, you suck. It’s “A-Q-I-B” not “AQUIB”… how do you spell a name wrong after reading a story where it’s been written 4 times including in the headline?

    ———–

    For those of you condeming Talib, try reading the official police report like many of us have. There is very little credence to the witness’s charge and the liklihood of Talib being convicted of anything other than having a family from the ghetto is nearly nil.

  44. habsman says: Aug 9, 2011 12:13 PM

    When told of Aquib’s comments, the coach responded, Arf, Arf Arf, bark bark, arf bar.

  45. habsman says: Aug 9, 2011 12:29 PM

    Mike Vick wanted to call Andy Reid his dog as well, but saddly as we all know, Mike isn’t allowed to own a dog.

  46. cfroggerton says: Aug 9, 2011 3:42 PM

    -Stop comparing Raheem to anybody else’s boss; it doesn’t work that way in sports

    -Koenen is a great, young punter who can also dominate on kickoffs with the spot moved up 5 yards

    -Aqib is not necessarily a bad person, but after this incident, you can see what he was raised by/around

    -Finally, why does everyone with an off field incident think their teams should cut them? We all know that someone of Talib’s caliber will be signed by another team. Why not keep him and try to rehabilitate him with people who really care about him.

  47. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    If the guy was fleeing and Mom/Talib was shooting then they were shooting at an unarmed person who had their back turned and was not a threat.

  48. 1brocktacular says: Aug 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    Read the official report before you pass judgement on the incident. BTW. If you are running away from someone and someone is “allegedly” shooting at you, would a credible or sane person turn around and watch the person shooting or would you be hauling ass trying to get away from them? I dont know about you , but i’dbe too scared to look back.. I’m looking ahead to find someplace tohide and get out of harms way….I’m just sayin’….

  49. axespray says: Aug 11, 2011 2:51 AM

    The thing with Big Ben is that he’s a Franchise QB, an NFL star, superbowl winning guy….

    and if he slips up and does dumb stuff, then he’ll probably get it from the tippy top of the NFL….

    A Franchise QB is out there and is a bigger image for the league than some cover corner guy…idk.

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