Last week, Steve Duemig of WDAE in Tampa reported that cornerback Aqib Talib, who has found his share of trouble in less than two NFL seasons, broke curfew while in London and then dropped a series of “F” bombs on coach Raheem Morris when confronted about the situation.
The Buccaneers, who responded quickly and loudly to another WDAE report last week, issued no contemporaneous statement or response to Duemig’s report.
Today, Morris talked about the situation during a routine press conference. And Morris, in our view, relied on semantics to downplay the incident.
“The rumors about confrontations, they are what they are,” Morris said, per PewterReport.com. “You let them
go out there, you let them hang. Myself and Talib we have a great
relationship, I don’t think we’ve ever had an argument. Now I’ve yelled
at him before, but we actually have never had an argument before. . . . I’ve never ever once been disrespected by Aqib Talib in my life. Never.”
But what of the account of “F” bombs?
“We swear to each other every day,” said Morris. “I wouldn’t call it a
disrespect. The swear words that’s talk on the football field. We do
that all the time. We swear to them on the field talking about a play,
and how we can do it better. It is just a form of communication of some
sort. He has never ever disrespected me. He has always been as
respectful as you can be to a coach, and to a brother-figure, or a
father figure, or however he looks at me, and he has been like that to
me. I’ve never had a problem with Talib.”
We’re not sure that we buy it. And we assume the Bucs fear that others won’t buy it, either.
Indeed, the transcript distributed by the team completely omits the discussion regarding Talib and disrespect and broken curfew and swear words.