Bucs’ Talib surrenders to police
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib surrendered to Texas police Wednesday morning on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Talib, who has had his share of off-the-field incidents since the team selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, was released two hours later after posting $25,000 bond in Garland.
“We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib,” Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a released statement earlier this week. “Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action.”
His mother, Okolo Talib, reportedly turned herself in Tuesday afternoon.
According to police in the Dallas suburb, Talib was involved in a fight March 21 with his sister’s partner, Shannon Billings, the Dallas Observer reported Monday.
The incident, according to police, stemmed from an argument at Talib’s sister Saran’s house between her and Billings. Saran Talib reportedly called her brother and mother for help during the alleged altercation.
Neighbors called 911 after hearing gunshots, and when police arrived they found Billings outside a residence in the area.
Billings was arrested in connection with two prior incidents involving Talib’s sister. He told officers he had been shot at during the latest bust-up. Billings also alleged that Talib had tried to "strike him in the face" with a pistol.
Neither Talib, nor his agent Todd France have commented on the incident.
The 25-year-old, a Texas high school standout, has had several off-the-field incidents since Tampa Bay drafted him in the first round out of Kansas in 2008.
Following the draft, he was involved in a fight at the NFL’s rookie symposium, and a year later got into a scuffle with a teammate at Bucs minicamp.
Talib, who started all 11 games that he played last season, was arrested in August 2009 in Florida for assaulting a cab driver. The incident drew a one-game suspension from the NFL, but the charge was dismissed after Talib agreed to perform 15 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.
FOXSports.com’s Adam Caplan and NewsCore contributed to this report.