Arrest warrant issued for Bucs’ Talib
Police in Garland, Texas, issued felony arrest warrants Tuesday for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and his mother in connection with a domestic incident in which a gun was fired, the Tampa Tribune reported.
According to the report, the 25-year-old Talib is expected to surrender later this week on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and his bail will be set at $25,000. 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.
“We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib. Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action,” general manger Mark Dominik said late Tuesday afternoon.
NFL teams are prohibited from contacting their players during the lockout. However, the Bucs are undoubtedly facing a tough roster decision as the upcoming draft draws closer.
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.