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Talib, Britt to meet with Goodell this week

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Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and Titans receiver Kenny Britt will both be called before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week, as Goodell determines whether to discipline them for violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Talib is scheduled to meet with Goodell at the league office in New York on Tuesday, and Britt will be there either Tuesday or Wednesday.

One league source told Schefter the players could be in line for “lengthy” suspensions.

Talib is scheduled to go on trial in 2012 on charges that he shot a gun at his sister’s ex-boyfriend. Talib’s lawyers are urging the NFL to give him the presumption of innocence, but the league’s stance in recent years has been that the presumption of innocence is something a defendant gets in the court of law, not in the court of Goodell.

Britt had multiple run-ins with the law this spring and summer and became the poster boy for problem behavior during the lockout. His next court date is September 20, but Goodell might not wait to see how the court rules before he issues his own ruling.

You could make a very strong case that players shouldn’t be subject to league discipline for activities that occurred during the lockout. But when the lockout ended, Goodell retained the right to decide for himself what kind of discipline to hand out for off-field activities. And so Talib and Britt may be in trouble with the NFL for things they did at a time when the NFL was locking them out.

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41 Responses to “Talib, Britt to meet with Goodell this week”
  1. vbe2 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:43 PM

    Does it really matter? They both belong in prison.

  2. gregm5s7 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:45 PM

    “I didn’t know I couldn’t do that”

  3. trbowman says: Aug 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    SUSPEND THEM.

    I don’t get why a lot of people think Goodell is too tough with suspensions/fines…..I think he’s too light.

  4. cured76 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    Steel cage match. The winner doesn’t get suspended and the loser is fed to the Sharkticons.

  5. cup1981 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    6 games Goodell, 6 games!

  6. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:53 PM

    Talib may shoot up the place and use Britt as a getaway driver

  7. bucforever says: Aug 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    Not fair at all. Let justice take its course before giving the man (Talib) his punishment. If the evidence shows self defense ( good chance it will) will Goodell apologize and reverse the fine?

  8. truthserum4u says: Aug 22, 2011 7:13 PM

    I think they both were under contract, so they were still employees of their respective teams. Lock out or no, they still represent the NFL, so you could make a very strong case that Goodell still needs to protect the shield.

  9. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:17 PM

    bucforever says:
    Aug 22, 2011 7:10 PM
    If the evidence shows self defense ( good chance it will) …
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Wait. He pulled a gun, tried to hit a guy with it, dropped it and then watched the guy pick it up and start running away. Then he grabbed his mom’s gun after she fired a round or two and continued to fire shots at a guy running away…

    In your warped sense of reality, that constitutes self defense?!? Wow

  10. rando74 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:22 PM

    If a practice squad player accidentally ran over his cat in the offseason, Goodell would probably fine him half his salary and suspend him from playing catch with his son.

    Its one thing to redulate the league, thats fine, but Goodell is like a fat cop sitting at a stop sign with a radar gun and a pen.

    Its all a power trip. This guy sucks.

  11. dd393 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:29 PM

    I hope the commish has a bodyguard in the room.

  12. WingT says: Aug 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    Suspend them until their cases are settled

  13. Slim Charles says: Aug 22, 2011 7:33 PM

    We all know what would happen when the NFL put a ginger in charge – he’s taking it out on all people who can go out in the sun without a big hat.

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Wait. He pulled a gun, tried to hit a guy with it, dropped it and then watched the guy pick it up and start running away. Then he grabbed his mom’s gun after she fired a round or two and continued to fire shots at a guy running away…

    In your warped sense of reality, that constitutes self defense?!? Wow

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    right to bear arms..if you don’t like it move to canada with your girlfriend Pelosi.

  14. marinomanx13 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:35 PM

    Hopefully not at the same time…

  15. t16rich says: Aug 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    Be careful Roger. If you meet them at the sametime, they might do a mugging for your wallet.

  16. kayotiicdat says: Aug 22, 2011 7:57 PM

    Talib should definitely be suspended for a FULL SEASON. HE SHOT SOMEONE, get him out of here!

  17. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    @Slim Charles:
    My comment had nothing to do with the right to bear arms. I doubt any jurisdiction in the country would consider what he allegedly did “self defense”. The fact that he had a gun is irrelevant; it’s the circumstances under which he used it. I have a right/permit to carry my Sig but that doesn’t mean I have the right to shoot at you with it.

  18. pppath says: Aug 22, 2011 8:05 PM

    I see nothing wrong with firing a couple of shots over your sister’s boyfriend’s head to keep him in line. But hey, that’s just me.

  19. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Aug 22, 2011 8:22 PM

    How do u know it wasnt self defense? Aqib n Mama Talib just sittin around the house bored n decide. Hey lets pistol whip n shoot at people today. Sounds like a fun Sunday.

  20. boneyardbuc says: Aug 22, 2011 8:30 PM

    kayotiicdat says: Aug 22, 2011 7:57 PM

    Talib should definitely be suspended for a FULL SEASON. HE SHOT SOMEONE, get him out of here!
    ================================

    He shot AT someone genius…

  21. wicky888 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:32 PM

    If these two werent NFL players, this wouldnt be an issue. Talib would be in jail awaiting trial and Britt ….. well he didnt do anything as bad as Talib, but still. Why is this any different? I hate these guys getting special treatment. What if he hit an innocent bystander with those shots?

  22. Slim Charles says: Aug 22, 2011 8:43 PM

    My comment had nothing to do with the right to bear arms. I doubt any jurisdiction in the country would consider what he allegedly did “self defense”. The fact that he had a gun is irrelevant; it’s the circumstances under which he used it. I have a right/permit to carry my Sig but that doesn’t mean I have the right to shoot at you with it.

    Nobody cares what brand of gun you’re making up having on the internet, fact is this was self defense and anyone who has a problem with it should leave America.

  23. drevilstolemymojito says: Aug 22, 2011 8:55 PM

    My favorite two current evil players! Thunderdome. Two men enter, one man leaves! Delicious!

  24. seneca1ss says: Aug 22, 2011 9:13 PM

    Talib won’t be suspended this year I guarantee it

  25. tbf22 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:49 PM

    seneca1ss says: Aug 22, 2011 9:13 PM

    Talib won’t be suspended this year I guarantee it

    ————————————————–

    You sure changed your tune from a few months ago…. you were saying we should hang him back then.

  26. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Aug 22, 2011 9:50 PM

    No one knows for sure that Talib shot at anyone. Learn to read, people. Nothing is confirmed and the high majority of witnesses say he didn’t fire it. Talib is a complete moron but that’s not an excuse to have no idea what you’re talking about.

  27. cured76 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:51 PM

    “Nothing has been proven except this man is a SENSATIONAL athlete!” – Jerry Maguire

  28. southridge23 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:54 PM

    @finfan

    You do realize you’re aruing with someone whose one and only comeback is “this is America…love it or get out”..

    Just sayin you might wanna consider arguing with a wall…you’ll definitely get more intelligent responses.

    @slim
    I know I know…im on my way to Canada I promise bubba

  29. melikefootball says: Aug 22, 2011 9:59 PM

    Maybe Harrison views are well merited. Already one guy in New England pleating guility or no contest with nothing done from NFL office. Lets see MR God-del act now.

  30. doe22us says: Aug 22, 2011 10:00 PM

    seneca1ss says:
    Aug 22, 2011 9:13 PM
    Talib won’t be suspended this year I guarantee it

    Spoken like a true homer, but this is awesome the bad boys are being called to the principals office, if suspensions werent pending why will he call them in. Its not like he is inviting them over for tea and crumpets.

  31. o37garcia says: Aug 22, 2011 10:03 PM

    Wait until they go to court & see what happens..if they’re convicted then suspend them however long necessary, but the more power you let the commish have without some control we’ll create a monster that destroys the game we’ve come to love….also if Talib is guilty then the Bucs need to part ways with him….GO BUCS!!!!

  32. sabotage2u says: Aug 22, 2011 10:08 PM

    I’m glad all of you internet tough guys are ready to chastise Talib for taking issue with a guy who had been convicted multiple times for assaulting women, and had previously been beating the hell out of Talib’s sister. I’m sure all of you would have in a polite tone asked the reasonable gentlemen who likes to beat up ladies, to please leave your sister alone and that would have been that. Get Real!
    I still find it unbelievable, the hypocrisy people on here spew. Take your “moral high ground” nonsense elsewhere, I love that people want others treated in a way they themselves would not like to be treated. One that which is patently unfair, get over the fact that they make lots of money fair is fair for the minimum wage employee or the millionaire. No one in their right mind would be ok with your ex-boss who wasn’t paying you; retro actively fining you or taking away your right to make a living for actions that occurred in your private life when he wasn’t paying you. Let alone instances that haven’t even been proven yet in the the case of Talib. We have a court system for a reason, so that one old man “Goodell” doesn’t get to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

  33. mmcdan13 says: Aug 22, 2011 10:23 PM

    Seeing as how Kenny Britt is on my fantasy team, I believe he has paid his debt to society and should be released by the Court of Goodell for time served.

    May justice see the light…..

  34. bucfandango says: Aug 22, 2011 10:34 PM

    The only person who alleged Talib had a gun is the idiot that said he was shooting at him, while running away full speed…. in the woods. And the eyes in the back of this CONVICTED FELON’s head have 20-20 vision that positively identified Talib as the shooter. In addition the same idiot women beating felon was in possession of Talib’s gun and wasn’t sure if HE discharged that weapon once or twice but a witness heard 2 shots fired. So far all of the REAL witnesses have not identified Talib as a shooter but some did see the the idiot women beating felon with a gun. The cops were called by the sister for being beaten but for some reason didn’t respond. This is a case where the story from the PRESS that was first reported does not match any of the witness testimony other than the Felon Boyfriend’s statement to police. This case should never make it to trial and Goodell should wait for the facts.

  35. doe22us says: Aug 22, 2011 10:46 PM

    sabotage2u says:
    Aug 22, 2011 10:08 PM
    I’m glad all of you internet tough guys are ready to chastise Talib for taking issue with a guy who had been convicted multiple times for assaulting women, and had previously been beating the hell out of Talib’s sister. I’m sure all of you would have in a polite tone asked the reasonable gentlemen who likes to beat up ladies, to please leave your sister alone and that would have been that. Get Real!

    Ok i had to edit and get a snippet of your flawed argument.. ok so the guy was beating the sister up so he resorts to putting a cap in his dome. (allegedly) Yep sounds about right, why dont you go there and whoop the guy that is a laying a finger on your sis. And if you cant do it by your own report him, heck even hire your buddies and hunger on’s to teach him a lesson. Secondly your argument about Goodell punishing them for trying to make a living last i checked playing in the NFL is a privilege and not a right. Please dont come to this board thinking you sound all intelligent. I rest my case.

  36. scudbot says: Aug 22, 2011 10:48 PM

    Roger’s Reclamation Formula: Send them to acting school and have Vick and Roethlisberger mentor them about What Not To Say. Have Dungy say some warm and fuzzy words on ESPN.

  37. sabotage2u says: Aug 23, 2011 12:05 AM

    Doe22us, you couldn’t be more wrong or off base while trying to be condescending yet failing miserably. Talib went to the house with every intention of whooping the guy and getting him to leave his mother’s house after they convicted women beating felon refused to leave and was threatening Talib’s sister yet again. Any decent human being is going to stand up for his sister, did he handle it the best way possible but when your family is threatened you respond in kind.

    However, that wasn’t even the dumbest part of your post. “Playing in the NFL isn’t a right it’s a privilege” is such garbage. The NFL is a job like any other job. If you are a qualified/talented enough you can play. You did nothing to disprove my comment about the hypocrisy of wanting unfair circumstances for others but not yourself. Maybe my “trying to sound all intelligent” as you put it went over your head; so let me dumb it down for you in terms that you can understand in your life.

    You lose your amazing job at blockbuster video cashier because boss fires you (i.e. locks you out). While upset, there’s nothing you can do, they stop paying you, and you are no longer a blockbuster employee. In your free time you start huffing paint or markers or Meth or whatever it is you do for fun. The cops arrest you on suspicion of drug possession. Meanwhile, your blockbuster manager hires you back but hears that you have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial. The blockbuster manager cannot…I REPEAT; cannot punish for something that occurred outside of your work place while you weren’t employed there. Nor, would want him to if you really were innocent of huffing all that paint. Go rest that case Matlock.

  38. childressrulz says: Aug 23, 2011 12:25 AM

    Seeya next year Talib! If you are not in jail at the time. You might also want to work on your aim because if you go to jail for attempted murder you might as well have killed the guy anyway. At least then I could say you served some purpose in your life. What a waste of talent.

  39. NFLJunkie says: Aug 23, 2011 2:35 AM

    Does it really matter? They both belong in prison.

    The kind of petty little stuff high school mischief Britt gets into, what he really deserves is to wear an orange vest for a couple of weekends and pick up trash from the side of the road. Like, you know, crushed cigars and stuff.

  40. axespray says: Aug 23, 2011 5:16 AM

    “If you all wanna see me suspend some nfl players, then gimme’ a heck yeah!?”
    - Stone Cold Roger Goodell.

    “…umm…sure?”
    -fans

  41. truthserum4u says: Aug 24, 2011 7:01 AM

    sabotage2u says:
    Aug 23, 2011 12:05 AM

    However, that wasn’t even the dumbest part of your post. “Playing in the NFL isn’t a right it’s a privilege” is such garbage. The NFL is a job like any other job. If you are a qualified/talented enough you can play.

    Um…wrong! Being qualified/talented may get you a job in the NFL, but it still doesn’t entitle anyone the “right” to have that job. And if you truly believe in the “if you’re good enough you can play” theory; I give to you the name Tony Washington; Abilene Christian. Google it.

    You lose your amazing job at blockbuster video cashier because boss fires you (i.e. locks you out). While upset, there’s nothing you can do, they stop paying you, and you are no longer a blockbuster employee. In your free time you start huffing paint or markers or Meth or whatever it is you do for fun. The cops arrest you on suspicion of drug possession. Meanwhile, your blockbuster manager hires you back but hears that you have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial. The blockbuster manager cannot…I REPEAT; cannot punish for something that occurred outside of your work place while you weren’t employed there. Nor, would want him to if you really were innocent of huffing all that paint. Go rest that case Matlock.

    Wrong again! It’s called “Employment At Will” which means they can fire you for just about anything that isn’t covered by discrimination laws, so long as they are consistant in their termination practices. That’s a punishment they could do.

    The other problem with your scenario is the Blockbuster job isn’t a high profile position, thus an arrest for an employee may not negatively affect the business. However, a criminal arrest of someone in a high profile position, such as an NFL player, can have a negative affect on their place of employment. This holds them to a different standard of behavior.

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