A very animated and passionate Chris Hovan took to the local airwaves, on WQYK in Tampa, Thursday morning to voice his detest for current Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib’s antics and the franchises handling of him. Thanks to one of the founding fathers of JoeBucsfan.com, Buc Nation fanatics who missed the interview can read what Hovan had to say about the double-standards in play within his former organization. The below excerpts are the one’s regurgitated over at Profootballtalk.com.
“How many strikes does Aqib get?” Hovan said. “I mean, really? He beats up a taxi driver. He beats — I saw what he did to Torrie Cox by hitting him in the head with a helmet. I have never seen that before in my 15-20 years of playing football. . . . He took his helmet off and he whacked him over the bridge of the nose. He knew what he was doing.”
Hovan later said that Cox needed 20 stitches and that Hovan “could see the bone in Torrie’s nose.”
“[Talib] has been given too much leeway from Raheem Morris because, I guess, Coach Morris [the team’s former defensive backs coach] has favoritism towards him because he played defensive back,” Hovan said. “Again, they are giving this young man way too much leeway. Any other individual would have been cut way before this. But Aqib has so much talent — his talent goes through the ceiling. But you can’t keep having these offseason issues and you can’t keep covering for this kid. They are saying it’s OK for what he is doing and he just pistol whipped somebody in Texas.”
“I mean, how many times does ownership and management let this kid get off?” Hovan said. “It’s not fair to the other players because you have all these other players following the straight and narrow and you are letting one individual go out and do his own thing? I don’t feel that is acceptable right now. Raheem and Mark Dominik need to address this because they are saying he is bigger than the team right now. . . . [H]ow many times do you let this guy off the hook now? How many times? I mean, how many people does he have to hurt? How many times is he going to get sued? How many times is he going to go to jail before you get it right? Who is going to step in? Is Raheem going to step in? I have not seen Raheem step in.”
Hovan, not known as a player who minces words wasn’t holding back with his distain for the handling of Talib by the Bucs. Even though some within the organization clearly are willing to allow the judicial process to run it’s full course before making any rash decisions about Talib’s future with the team. Hovan’s opinion is one that has steadily gained traction of late. Many fans are down-right tired of Talib’s off-the-field antics and are more then willing to support the team, if they do decided to jettison one of the most talented members of the team. If it means keeping a negative light from shining on the franchise and fan base.