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Report: Aqib Talib likely to be suspended four games

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Citing three sources familiar with the situation, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole reports that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talibcan expect” a four-game NFL suspension in connection with his alleged role in a March 21 shooting.

Talib, a Pro Bowl-caliber talent entering his fourth NFL season, met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York this week to discuss the incident and impending disciplinary action.

Talib is believed to be one of eight players facing suspension after the league and union struck a compromise on enforcement of the personal conduct policy against offenders during the lockout.

Talib, 25, was suspended one game and fined two game checks for violating the policy in 2010. So he is a repeat offender.

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46 Responses to “Report: Aqib Talib likely to be suspended four games”
  1. seneca1ss says: Aug 26, 2011 7:19 PM

    Take it to court Aqib. It doesn’t hold water.

  2. medtxpack says: Aug 26, 2011 7:19 PM

    Appeal!

  3. jdandcoke says: Aug 26, 2011 7:22 PM

    yeah….and likely to get sentenced to four years. his NFL suspension is the least of this clown’s problems.

  4. nineroutsider says: Aug 26, 2011 7:22 PM

    Anyone have an idea on how long Braylon Edwards will be suspended for, if at all?

  5. scudbot says: Aug 26, 2011 7:23 PM

    Suspension to not run concurrently with or be reduced for time served…

  6. kmurph1226 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:26 PM

    In other news, Haynesworth gets off scotch-free because Goodell doesn’t want to lower ratings for MNF vs. the Dolphins

  7. hobartbaker says: Aug 26, 2011 7:26 PM

    Hey that’s one less game than Terrelle Pryor received. I guess Pryor would have been better off being suspended for lighting up a Michigan player with bullets rather than trading a few items for tattoos.

  8. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:27 PM

    What’s this Aqib? You shot a gun at someone?

    That’ll cost you 4 games…no big.

  9. meatfish66 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:32 PM

    what’s this captainwisdom8888? a legal right to presumption of innocence before being proven guilty?

    it’s only your constitution…no big.

  10. cheezysmegma says: Aug 26, 2011 7:33 PM

    He’s in store for four games plus 20 years in the can in Huntsville as a guest of the State of Texas. I wonder if he was holding the pistol sideways, gangsta style, when pumping off those rounds at his sister’s girlfriend.

  11. ripseantaylor214life says: Aug 26, 2011 7:34 PM

    Off topic-Giants-Jets Game postponed to Monday at 7 p.m.

  12. jdandcoke says: Aug 26, 2011 7:34 PM

    hobartbaker

    lol….exactly. this POS talib should be in prison. un-freaking-real. the ghetto lifestyle is WAYYYY too big a part of the nfl….and its pretty disgusting if you ask me.

  13. jacunn2000 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:38 PM

    I wonder how long until ESPN makes him white?

  14. fatfreddystubbs says: Aug 26, 2011 7:47 PM

    “In other news, Haynesworth gets off scotch-free because Goodell doesn’t want to lower ratings for MNF vs. the Dolphins”
    ————————————————-

    But did he get off bourbon-free, that’s the question!

  15. jdandcoke says: Aug 26, 2011 7:47 PM

    meatfish66

    the STATE presumes him innocent until proven guilty…..in the court of public opinion however, when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….guess what? exactly….he’s a gun shooting-POS-duck. he’ll be afforded every courtesy that our constitution provides….just like every other POS…..and in the end he’ll probably be found guilty…..just like every other POS.

  16. shian11 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    Think about it!! How does this make sense??
    1. NFL locks out players
    2. NFL says no one can talk to players
    3. Union decertified meaning no NFL
    4. NFL continues for 4 months to not exist
    5. NFL does not drug test players during lockout because it is not allowed.
    6. NFL suspends a player for activities while NFL didn’t exist.

    Remember, Taleb turned down plea bargain with NO jail time.

    Commissioner is out of control!! Packman- zero convictions – 6 suspensions!!! Leanord little- 4 convictions and killed someone!! Minimal suspension

  17. hateonjags says: Aug 26, 2011 7:54 PM

    National Felon League

  18. boneyardbuc says: Aug 26, 2011 8:01 PM

    jdandcoke says: Aug 26, 2011 7:47 PM

    meatfish66

    the STATE presumes him innocent until proven guilty…..in the court of public opinion however, when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….guess what? exactly….he’s a gun shooting-POS-duck. he’ll be afforded every courtesy that our constitution provides….just like every other POS…..and in the end he’ll probably be found guilty…..just like every other POS.

    ==================================

    Every POS is found guilty?

    Sincerely,

    OJ and Casey Anthony

  19. kayotiicdat says: Aug 26, 2011 8:18 PM

    This clown needs jail time, especially after blaming his own mother.. what a true piece of dog S*** this guy is. GET HIM OUT OF THE NFL

  20. lbijake says: Aug 26, 2011 8:34 PM

    Beginning to sound like the NBA.

  21. managod777 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:42 PM

    Shooting a gun at someone vs selling personal property for personal use, even though it is against NCAA rules, and having the punishment meted out by an entirely different entity (NCAA vs NFL). Yeah, that makes sense. The NFL will eventually be known as the RGL (Roger Goodell League)!

  22. meatfish66 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    and if he’s proven completely innocent of all charges, he’s still a POS right?

    btw, this is what happens when your country gives the right to bear arms as a matter of fact. owning firearms should be a privilege, not a right.

    and, if it turns out that aqib is guilty, lock him up. and even if he never fired a gun but still attempted to pistol whip the guy, yeh, lock him up then too. just gonna throw another scenario out – one which does NOT exonerate Talib, as this was not the actual situation. but if he went down there, WITHOUT a gun, and still smacked the living crap out the guy for beating up Aqib’s sister, would that make him a POS?

    Again, so that I’m not misconstrued: this is not defending Talib, this was not the situation. i’m talking a complete hypothetical here – basically, is the motive itself worthy of calling him or POS, or the fact that he used a gun to fulfill that motive?

  23. fancyleague says: Aug 26, 2011 8:56 PM

    Yes, but how many games is Roethlisberger suspended for getting married?

    “You were in the same room with a female, Ben. That’s four games. Go Ravens….uh….ahem.”

  24. FinFan68 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:59 PM

    @meatfish
    I think it is his overall character that makes people call him a “POS”. Shooting at a guy that is running away just seems to solidify it. The fact that he grabbed another gun from his mom just adds to the liklihood that he is a POS and was probably raised to be one. Who punches a cabbie in the back of the head?…a POS. Even if he is found not guilty of the particulars in this case, he is still more likely than not a POS :)

  25. cheezysmegma says: Aug 26, 2011 9:02 PM

    Meatfish66,

    The right to own a firearm IS a right, check the Constitution. The second amendment is only the second to the right to free speech for a reason. That is why our country is still (somewhat) free. Persons far wiser than yourself wrote the document, that was created to be interpreted quite literally, so that anyone could (hopefully)understand it. There is also a right to f*** up while exercising your free will. But if you do so, you will punished by a jury of your fellow citizens. Now crawl back into your socialist hole. If his sister was assaulted, they should have called the police.

  26. turk2875 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:04 PM

    Geez, that makes alot of sense. Pryor gets 5 games for accepting “gifts” at Ohio State, while Talib gets 4 games for shooting at someone. The genius that we call Goodell…..

  27. thegonz13 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:19 PM

    Screw the suspension! The guy will likely be a “guest of the state” for five years!

  28. unbiased8383 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:29 PM

    Legally he should not be suspended, but think about it. Would this be a guy you’d want in your company or even associate with? He seems like a bad guy. I could be wrong and the media just blows things up but he always seems to be doing bad things.

  29. cup1981 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:54 PM

    shian11 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    Think about it!! How does this make sense??
    1. NFL locks out players
    2. NFL says no one can talk to players
    3. Union decertified meaning no NFL
    4. NFL continues for 4 months to not exist
    5. NFL does not drug test players during lockout because it is not allowed.
    6. NFL suspends a player for activities while NFL didn’t exist.

    Remember, Taleb turned down plea bargain with NO jail time.

    Commissioner is out of control!! Packman- zero convictions – 6 suspensions!!! Leanord little- 4 convictions and killed someone!! Minimal suspension

    —————————————————————————

    Think about this… Accused of rape, no charges filed, district attorney threw the case out calling it unsubstantiated and a money-seeking effort. Player receives a six-game suspension…. That’s ridiculous

    I can’t wait to see Roethlisberger’s civil case against him get thrown out too. Then the NFL and Goodell will have egg all over their faces for the suspension.

  30. firstroyal says: Aug 26, 2011 10:02 PM

    People are so soon to forget NFL suspensions are NOT for breaking the law. It is an employer telling an employee there is a minimal code of conduct said employee must maintain when in the public view. The relationship between employee and PRODUCT is crucial. If said employee looks bad in the public eye, the product looks bad as in “National Felon League”
    There is no need for a law to be broken or a conviction be obtained in the court of law to suspend or FIRE an employee that will do harm to the reputation of of an employer. Do your job and dont embarass yourself or look for another job.

    Period

  31. tbf22 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    cup1981 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:54 PM

    Think about this… Accused of rape, no charges filed, district attorney threw the case out calling it unsubstantiated and a money-seeking effort. Player receives a six-game suspension…. That’s ridiculous

    I can’t wait to see Roethlisberger’s civil case against him get thrown out too. Then the NFL and Goodell will have egg all over their faces for the suspension.

    lets see… being accused multiple times of raping young women….

    or Coming to the defense a family member who is being attacked… last I heard it is actually legal to conceal a hand gun in Texas. It is his right to protect himself or his family from danger.

  32. avanderlay says: Aug 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    firstroyal says:
    Aug 26, 2011 10:02 PM
    People are so soon to forget NFL suspensions are NOT for breaking the law. It is an employer telling an employee there is a minimal code of conduct said employee must maintain when in the public view. The relationship between employee and PRODUCT is crucial. If said employee looks bad in the public eye, the product looks bad as in “National Felon League”
    There is no need for a law to be broken or a conviction be obtained in the court of law to suspend or FIRE an employee that will do harm to the reputation of of an employer. Do your job and dont embarass yourself or look for another job.

    Period

    ————————————————

    Except for the whole part where, you know, Talib wasn’t even employed in the NFL when he was arrested, your argument is spot on……

    21 

  33. bishopslappytruelove says: Aug 26, 2011 11:49 PM

    tbf22,

    You can carry a concealed handgun in Texas with a proper license, even though that is IMHO an unfair restriction. Talib’s conduct (allegedly) went way beyond defense of a family member, firing upon a defenseless person and endangering others in the process. Carrying a concealed pistol does not authorize one to becoma a vigilante.

  34. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 27, 2011 12:17 AM

    Anyone with a “Q” in their first name is trouble.
    I’m not making this up. Look into it yourself.

  35. meatfish66 says: Aug 27, 2011 3:11 AM

    @cheezysmegma

    socialist hole? lol. yes, it’s a right according to your constitution. but it’s not a god given right, it’s a man given right, and men are fallible.

    oh, and my country doesn’t have a right to bear arms. and guess what. unlike yours, which has been around, what, 200 years? mine’s been around 1000 years, during which time we’ve been the economic centre of the world, physically controlled most of the world too, have set the precedents for what even defines democracy for most of the world, and invented the language which was used to write your constitution. and we did that without guns. and we’ve turned out alright.

  36. lawyermalloy says: Aug 27, 2011 3:55 AM

    The people who support this “cretin” speaking in “constitutional terms” fail to realize that the “constitution” doesn’t apply to the private industry we know as the NFL. The CBA IS the football industry constitution; there is no presumption of innocence . The agreed upon CBA allows the commish. to dole out punishment as he sees fit; like it or not, it his what it is!

  37. tbtrojan says: Aug 27, 2011 4:02 AM

    Lets see…
    #1 the courts haven’t decided if he’s guilty or not meaning Talib couldn’t speak freely with GODell about what happened, meaning GODell suspense a guy that could be innocent without hearing the full story.

    #2 The one and only person claiming Talib shot a gun is the person who was shot at. Now if there was a bunch of people in a group and shots were being fired I’d have a hard time picking out who did the shooting, I’d be too busy getting my butt to safety.

    #3 The guy who was getting shot at is a convicted peadophile who had been arrested earlier in the day for assaulting Talibs sister, then returned to the house to finish what he started once released.

    #4 Nobody else has come forward to say Aqib even held a gun let alone shot one and the witnesses included ex police officers.

    Wouldn’t you think it would be smarter of GODell to actually wait and see what happened rather than convict based of over dramatised media reports that hae no regard for facts if they get in the way of a good story?

    I don’t know about anyone else but if my sister was getting beat on by a peadophile who the police allowed to walk after doing the same thing earlier in the day, I would be trying to end that chump too.

  38. silkyjohnson937 says: Aug 27, 2011 4:46 AM

    Any news on tanard jackson? I feel like he has been suspended longer than ali was for draft dodging. Suspended indefinately is pretty vague and I have not heard anything about it.

  39. WingT says: Aug 27, 2011 6:04 AM

    Look on the bright side Aqib, this will give you extra time to spend at the shooting range to work on your accuracy

  40. jpb12 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:21 AM

    Go Directly To Jail.
    Do Not Pass Go.
    Do Not Collect $200

  41. scudbot says: Aug 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    “3. Union decertified meaning no NFL” is dead wrong. The union decertified meaning no union.

  42. themonkeyman says: Aug 27, 2011 9:13 AM

    meatfish66 says:
    Aug 26, 2011 7:32 PM
    what’s this captainwisdom8888? a legal right to presumption of innocence before being proven guilty?

    it’s only your constitution…no big.
    ——————————————–

    At our places of business, although the US Constitution allows freedom of speech, do we really have that? Are we allowed to say whet ever we want at work? The answer is NO.

    The private sector in regards to employment isn’t subject to all US Constitutional rights. All of our employers have policies that are in direct opposition of our Constitution rights.

    The NFL & it’s teams are employers, they are able to make rules that protect the integrity of their game. Just as Ben was suspended even when he was never arrested.

    Where was Roethlisbergers “innocent until proven guilty” consideration? Guys use common sense. To quote the US Constitution in regards to employment, as shown on MANY fronts we all experience every day, is plain silly.

  43. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2011 10:46 AM

    If Talib’s incident happened one month earlier my reaction would have been “that’s it???”

  44. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    The conduct policy is a joke because there is no consistent or sophisticated penalty system to smoothen out the process!!!

    Many of these players aren’t that educated, but if there is a prescribed penalty system to warn these guys they’ll act better!!! The NFL needs to make one!!!

  45. jeromed28 says: Aug 27, 2011 5:14 PM

    I love how so inaccurate some of these comments are:

    1. cheezysmegma – his sister’s boyfriend – not girlfriend.

    2. kayotiicdat – he didn’t blame his mother. The alleged victim claims Talib’s mother showed up and started shooting, then “passed the gun” to Talib who also shot at him. Not a very believable story but that is what is being alleged.

    3. FinFan68 – the official police report says his mother “passed him the gun” not that he took it from her.

    silkyjohnson937 – Jackson’s suspension was for 1 year. He was suspended in the fourth game of the 2010 season so he will be eligible for reinstatement in the fourth game of this season.

    Lastly, Sources say doesn’t mean he has been suspended. Goodell would be wise to wait on the trail – if there is one. I’d lay odds that the “victim” will end up being charged with a felon in possession of a gun, assault when he pulled that gun on Talib and Talib beat his a#% taking it away AND only Talib’s mother shot at the “victim.” She is charged with a felon in possession of a gun and the use of that gun in a crime.

  46. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:31 PM

    jeromed28 says:
    Aug 27, 2011 5:14 PM
    I love how so inaccurate some of these comments are:

    3. FinFan68 – the official police report says his mother “passed him the gun” not that he took it from her.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s weak.

    I didn’t imply that he stole the gun from his mom against her will. Just like I don’t think you implied that she threw a perfect spiral to him.

    How about this: Talib then obtained possession of a gun that was under the control of his mother just seconds before…

    Better?

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