Aqib Talib can’t escape his family

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When Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, it should have come as no surprise that it was an incident involving his family.

Talib and his mom are accused of shooting at Talib’s sister’s boyfriend, and as Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times writes, Talib’s biggest problems in life always seem to surround his family. Jim Ledford, who coached Talib and his brother at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, told Stroud that the family atmosphere Talib was raised in was toxic.

“It’s just that breaking away is hard for him, but I would agree it would not be bad for him,” said “I don’t want to ever take family members away, but sometimes. . . . It’s sad. I’d give anything if he could separate himself from that kind of atmosphere, if you will. When he and I talked the last time, we talked about not putting yourself in those situations. But this one was family, and he’s very loyal to his mother. I know how close they were, even here. That’s one of the things in his demise right now, the closeness to his family.”

Stroud’s story is full of examples of why Talib’s family is so poisonous to him, including how Talib’s mom went to jail for eight months when he was 10 for trying to stab a woman who confronted her over an unpaid debt.

The story is also full of examples of how people who should have been giving Talib strict discipline instead gave him a pass. For instance, former University of Kansas co-defensive coordinator Clint Bowen said of Talib, “He’s very smart. I don’t think he ever went to a single class, but he still got a 2.7 (GPA) at Kansas.”

Good to know you can stay academically eligible at Kansas even though your coaches don’t think you ever go to class.

Overall, the story is a sad one. Talib is an extremely talented football player, but he simply can’t escape his past.

20 responses to “Aqib Talib can’t escape his family

  1. “Aqib Talib can’t escape his family”…because his family is armed to the teeth.

    Run, Aqib, run!

  2. Um, did you ever think that the majority of college athletes, especially the good ones, actually went to class?

  3. Hey I got an A in my microeconomics class and I never went. I’m gonna try out for the open corner spot for the bucs.

  4. I am all for turning your back on family that is and has been going down the path of the dark alley. His mother attempted to stab a woman trying to collect a debt that SHE incurred? Sometimes there is no helping those who can’t be helped. Who don’t want your help. Who don’t think they NEED help. Who will drag you down with them as you try to rescue them from drowning. It is the hardest thing you will ever do, but sometimes you need to do it. It may be your brother, your sister, or God forbid your mother, but sometimes you have to do it for the sake of yourself.

  5. You all just realizing there is an army of intelligent people out here that can understand Intro to Everything 1 and 2 without some grad student with a monitor? Really? College is TEN TIMES easier than the real world.

    2.7 is embarrassing for an intelligent person who skipped the majority of classes. An intelligent person would never brag about that GPA, unless it was achieved from a coma.

    His mother has a temper as does he. The apple and the tree and all that. HE’S toxic TOO.

    The jails are full of talented and toxic people who woulda coulda shoulda. He will be another one.

  6. The ignorance that is spewed on here daily is amazing. This site for some people is only for them to show their bitterness and hatred towards NFL players. So here are some facts:
    Student Athlete Graduation Rate -76%
    Regular Student Graduation Rate-72%
    NFL players with Degree’s – 57%
    Pro Bowl Players with degrees – 74%

    The graduation rate would probably be higher if you didn’t count the early entry juniors. This year 10 picks in the draft, probably 7 will be 3 year guys. The 4 year guys like Von Miller, Gilbert, will graduate on time. So research and don’t let 50 guys ( less than 5%) taint your opinion of the other 1350 guys. The majority have charities, give scholarships, have foundations, volunteer, give free camps etc..Which doesn’t get covered, but the media is all over the bad actors and sometimes rewards bad behavior.

  7. Just one of many in a long line that looks for a payday down the road and is forced to work for free for the NCAA for 4 to 5 years. Get the NCAA out for the players wallets and stop the charade of amateur athletics. To everyone ripping the guy’s GPA, you’d switch W2’s with the man in heartbeat. So who was the dummy for studying at school.

    Brings new meaning the phrase “mom’s loving arms.”

  8. “The NCAA has made considerable progress in recent years boosting the academic performance of Division I teams, But the bar for postseason play is still too low: In effect, teams must now be on track to graduate fewer than 40 percent of their players for six years running to potentially be ineligible for postseason play.”

    40%. And there is trouble reaching that goal.

  9. i am not going to argue the merits of which ncaa football players graduate. i.e, what classes they take and the luxuries afforded them in those classes.
    what i will point out is the 2.7 gpa is a joke because its extremely easy to achieve that gpa. for all those out there who want a gpa like that to simply graduate and get a degree all you need to do is introduce yourself to the prof. its known in the education field that those on a first name basis with any prof will always get the grade bump. so ‘c’ papers turn into c-plus or b-minus.

  10. The only sad part of this story is that people feel sorry for a guy who is getting paid millions and screws it up for himself. Millions of people come from broken homes, and not even a tenth of them have the chances Talib has had. Toss this turd in jail and forget about him. When he gets out his football talent will be gone and he’ll be another statistic. Good Riddance and goodbye Aqib, see you….. well probably never again.

  11. For y’alls info, I played football with Talib in HS and am still close with Coach Ledford. He (Ledford) is pretty upset, said he was greatly misquoted.

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