Aqib Talib will have to wait until 2012 to find out his legal fate following his recent indictment for aggravated assault.
Talib’s attorney told Rick Stroud of the St. Peterburg Times Thursday that Talib’s trial will start March 12, 2012. That will make the NFL’s decision regarding whether to suspend Talib all the more difficult.
So we know Talib won’t be going to jail anytime soon. The league can suspend him anyway for the indictment, especially considering he is a repeat offender of the personal conduct policy. (Whether the league can apply the personal conduct policy during the lockout is a separate issue, but we are assuming they will find a way.)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Ben Roethlisberger without a conviction last year. It’s just a guess, but we’d guess Talib will still get punished by the league before he faces his day in court.