Here we go… another player, another allegation of violence during the NFL Lockout. Bucs CB Aqib Talib is once again in headlines; this time involving 2 guns, 5 shots, his mama, his sister and the sister’s boyfriend. The Garland (TX) Police Dept states Talib as a “person of interest” involving an altercation and could be arrested and charged with anything from discharging a firearm within a municipality to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
From the Dallas Observer, here’s what happened:
According to a GPD initial report about the incident and two sources familiar with the case Talib allegedly attempted to pistol-whip his sister Saran’s boyfriend, Shannon Billings, and then, after a struggle, used his mother Okolo’s pistol and fired several shots at Billings as he fled the scene on foot.
According to the report and the sources, at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 Aqib Muttaqi Talib went to his sister’s home in the 900 block of Green Pond Drive in Garland (south of Bush Turnpike not far from Spring Creek Elementary and Hawaiian Falls Water Park). Saran, who was arguing with Billings, also called her mother for help. Police were directed to Saran’s home via a 911 call by neighbors, who reported a domestic dispute and three shots fired at a black male by a black female. According to the report, police arrived to find Billings standing in front of a nearby residence. While interviewing him, officers discovered Billings was a suspect in two pending, related, family-violence offenses involving Saran and arrested him.
When initially questioned, both Saran and Okolo Talib said they knew nothing of an earlier incident at the house. Billings, however, led police to a gun he said belonged to Aqib that Billings had thrown in a neighbor’s trash can after escaping his struggle with the player. After finding the weapon and calling forensic investigators to retrieve numerous spent shell casings in the street, officers took a statement from Billings.
According to the report, Billings said Aqib produced a handgun and “attempted to strike him in the face.” During the ensuing skirmish Talib dropped the gun and Billings picked it up and began runnning, prompting Okolo to produce a gun and fire three shots toward him. Billings told police that Talib then took Okolo’s gun, said “I’ll shoot him” and fired at least two shots before Billings safely ducked into nearby woods. Neighborhood witnesses corroborated Billings’ story.
It’s no secret that Talib has had numerous issues off the field, starting back when he played at the University of Kansas. He’s been linked to 2 fights with Bucs teammates, a 2009 arrest.. and who can forget threatening a referee after a loss to the Ravens???
I’m not mad a Talib for seemingly coming to the defense of his sister. That’s what most brothers would do. However, his history with violence doesn’t help with these new allegations, and his defense may not hold up if he’s actually charged with a crime. As talented as Talib is on the field, this is the last kind of publicity he needs at this point. The NFL Lockout doesn’t allow the Bucs to contact Talib at this point, which is another indication that a new deal needs to be put in place NOW! Players are getting arrested and involved in trouble at alarming rates.. more than I’ve ever remembered over the years. Even if Buccaneers wanted to provide help for Talib, they can’t provide at this moment. A deal needs to be done ASAP.. to save some of these guys from self destructing.