Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year cornerback Aqib Talib was arrested early Thursday morning for
resisting arrest (without violence) and simple battery. Both of these charges are misdemeanors. Talib was released at 6:00am on Thursday morning on a $300 bond. Apparently the incident took place in a cab a couple of hours after the
Buc’s finished training camp. Talib apparently struck cab driver David Duggan in the head with a closed fist and was verbally threatening him. The cab driver notified the authorities, and once an officer arrived on the scene Talib refused to exit the cab.
This is not the first time Talib has gotten into trouble. Earlier this offseason Talib swung his helmet at Donald Penn and accidentally hit Torrie Cox. Talib also got into an altercation last year at the Rookie Symposium.
Alcohol may or may not have been involved (I’m guessing that one is a yes). This comes just two days after starting safety Tanard Jackson was suspended the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Given League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s unforgiving personal conduct policy recently, I would not be surprised at all if Talib has earned himself a suspension from the league. We should also not rule out a team issued suspension at this point. Surely, Head Coach Raheem Morris will want to put his foot down. Either way, this will mean that a secondary that was already considered a little thin by many, will now be short two starters for the beginning of the season. We’ll update you as we receive more information from the Buccaneers’ front office and/or the NFL.