Raheem Making Fun Of Talib Is RecklessAugust 6th, 2010
If one were to select a Buccaneer most likely to misinterpret something, fly off the handle and then do something regrettable, the choice would be simple.
It’s Aqib Talib, hands down.
Talib inappropriately lost his temper three times last season, twice leading to violence. First, Talib attempted to maim Donald Penn with his helmet but missed and belted Torrie Cox in the face instead. Next, an August incident in a taxi cab led to the State Attorney putting Talib in anger management sessions as a part of a diversion program. That came after Talib went wild on a defenseless cab driver from the backseat of a taxi while it cruised down the Interstate.
And Talib followed that up by cursing out Raheem The Dream in October in a heated hotel lobby confrontation in England.
It is because of these facts that Joe thinks Raheem The Dream is wrong and downright reckless for making fun of Talib’s Mike Tysonesque voice in front of reporters.
Raheem The Dream has done it twice now since training camp started. It’s there for all to watch on video on Buccaneers.com.
In the news conference videos, Raheem The Dream is all smiles and giddy imitating Talib’s high-pitched voice and getting chuckles from the media throng.
Joe is sickened by this behavior from the head coach.
Hey coach, you’re playing with fire. Find someone else — anyone else — to poke fun at.
The harsh reality is that it would be very easy for Talib to get second-hand word of the head coach making fun of him publicly, misinterpret Raheem The Dream’s motives and comments, and then absolutely do something dangerous, stupid or illegal.
Raheem The Dream himself, if he stopped and actually thought before he spoke, should know better.
Be your best self, Rah. Be smart. Don’t poke fun at the team pit bull and not expect trouble.
Talib needs all the help he can get to get through a full year without problems so the state will drop the charges against him in the cab driver case. That’s not over. One more legal problem and Talib could be bounced from the diversion program and land in court, so the State Attorney told Joe months ago in an exclusive interview.
Joe writes this in hopes of stimulating change, because Joe cares about the state of the Bucs and thinks Talib deserves better.
Joe sincerely hopes that Bucs new media relations guru Jonathan Grella, a man extremely savvy and intelligent, has already addressed this with the head coach.