“Honestly Believe That [Talib's] A Changed Man”June 20th, 2012
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks fired off a huge endorsement of Aqib Talib and explained that he’s personally seen Talib evolve into a significantly better person, so Brooks said during a powerful segment of his interview on the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 today.
Brooks revealed he’s been in steady contact with Talib, his former teammate.
“Personally, you know, because I’ve personally seen the young man transition here the last eight months, I’m happy for him,” Brooks said. “I hope justice was served, and I’ll just take it at that. But personally, you know, I’ve been in steady communication with him and I’ve seen that he’s become a changed man at this point. And I hope, and I told him yesterday, ‘I hope that this continues to put you on the same road you’re on of redemption. Be the guy that you’ve been transitioning to be the last eight months. Make sure that’s the guy that’s moving forward.’ I honestly believe that he’s a changed man at this point.”
This was very interesting to Joe. Brooks twice mentioned “eight months,” which is a rather specific timetable. Perhaps this “transition” Brooks speaks of is Talib choosing to become more religious or involving himself in some sort of personal rehabilitation program? Also, Brooks makes it very clear he’s been part of Talib’s life and supporting him consistently.
Hopefully, Roger Goodell sees the same growth in Talib and passes on punishing him, much like the State of Texas passed on prosecuting him.