Media reports have revealed that Tampa Bay Buccaneers prized cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended for 4 games. It is said Talib met with the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell last Tuesday to discuss the matter.
This latest punishment shows that Goodell’s crackdown on offenders in NFL continues. His ruthless reign prevails over players with improper conduct. Many consider the actions of Terrelle Pryor as the breaking point for Goodell.
Earlier, before being drafted, Pryor got into a fight that ruined the image of his institution. It also portrayed a very poor image of the newer generation of football players. Pryor’s action forced Goodell to impose a 5 match ban on Pryor even though his crimes were committed when he wasn’t even drafted.
There are some mixed rumors about Talib getting a similar punishment. NFL has yet to officially comment on his issue however sources have informed the likelihood of the 4 match suspension is very real.
Sources have also revealed that Talib’s meeting with Goodell revolved around his alleged role in an offseason shooting. For those of you that remember, Talib was also suspended for the season opener of 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. It is common knowledge that Goodell punishes repetitive offenders more harshly, which brings us to the question: is Talib’s punishment for just 4 matches?
In May, Talib was accused for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the aftermath of an incident during March in Garland, Texas. Talib allegedly fired a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Luckily the man was not hurt. The trial for the incident is scheduled in around March 2012.
Talib will be facing a second-degree felony which is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. Talib can be bailed out of prison with an amount of $25,000. In spite of his off-field problems, 25-year-old Talib has proven himself as one of NFL’s best young cornerbacks.
In his 3rd season he has recorded 15 interceptions which includes the one that he returned for a touchdown last season. Talib’s 6 feet 1 inch frame and mass of 205 pounds helps him extensively against big receivers.
Talib was the 20th pick of 1st round in the NFL drafts of 2008. He was unable to play in the final 4 games of last season because of a hip injury but he has recovered from it and is ready to roll once again.