May 21st, 2009

It’s been widely reported that troubled Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib swung his helmet in anger, clubbing Torrie Cox.

And what was Cox’s offense? He was trying to break up a fight.

Swinging his helmet at Donald Penn, Talib instead struck Cox in the face with the helmet. If Talib, a habitual pothead who clearly has anger-management issues, had done this on the sidewalk he would be charged with assault and be put behind bars — or worse: Forced to be an intimate of someone named “Bubba” in the showers.

There is no room for this on a football field — none! This isn’t the first time Talib has pulled a stunt on the practice field. As far as Joe is concerned Talib should receive no less than a month’s suspension during the regular season.

Cox is fortunate that his face is somewhat intact.

This should be Talib’s last strike with the Bucs. One more incident, and he can go play for the Raiders or the Cowboys. There’s no need to have this type of gangbanger mentality on the Bucs’ roster.

11 Responses to “Assault!”

  1. thedeej3000 Says:

    Pull your skirt down, Nancy… this is football, not a dance recital, like you are more used to.

    Tempers flare in practice. If no one was seriously hurt then move on. No Harm no Foul.

    If some ones nose was broke? Two games… the precedent was set last year by Steve Smith.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Joe is making a mountain out of a mole hill.
    This is the who cares article of the day.
    It’s not quiet time at the library, it’s football.

  3. TpaBayFlyFisher Says:

    When shortly after the draft, Fly posted that Talib was just another in King Jon’s long line of thugs, many laughed and belittled Fly. But, we see his true character, or lack of it, in this incident. Perhaps the young man needs a week in the Hillsborough County jail!

  4. Joe Says:

    Let Joe be clear:

    Joe understands in the heat of battle, games or practices, tempers flare. Likely happens every practice.

    Swinging your helmet in anger is a totally different issue. This isn’t Aqib Talib’s first offense either. Torrie Cox is fortunate he didn’t end up like Marcus Williams.

  5. Mr Lucky Says:

    Hey simple solution – have Torrie Cox file police charges against Talib. The sherriff comes to investigate and Talib gets locked up for a night – maybe that’s what it takes to get this guy’s head on straight.

    Punching, shoving, fighting – happens all the time as tempers flare. Swinging a helmet is over the line as serious injuries can occur. It also depends on the circumstances; was it just a mild swing, playing swing, or a full blown windmill wind-up knock his block off swing. These are all factors we don’t know cause we weren’t there.

  6. polkcountydude Says:

    Without details, we really can’t pass judgment. I’ve been in fights on the football field in both high school and college and this stuff happens. Particularly in the NFL, almost every single player is on the fine line between being out of control and in control. That’s how these guys made it this far: they can toe that line.

    Oh, and wouldn’t it be battery, not assault?

  7. dave Says:

    Unbelievable! You could file assault charges on EVERY freakin’ play.
    This has become a comedy site. Whats’ next, animal cruelty for kicking the pigskin? hehehehe

  8. frye Says:

    Cox could easily have Talib arrested. Just as you could in your workplace. It was way out of bounds. If Carl Crawford raised a baseball bat to Scott Kazmir and whacked another player in the face, it goes across the line of reasonable.

    Talib should be issued a very hefty fine $50,000 at least..

  9. Mr Lucky Says:

    Mr. Lucky knows what to do about these assult problems – Call in PETA to negotiate a truce!!!!


  10. Danbucsfan Says:

    These types of things tend to be self correcting if left alone to do so, by that I mean that since they are a team, they will find a way internally of fixing the problem. Filing charges and getting the law involved, or even the league for that matter will only complicate the issue.

    I want an aggressive guy on defense, not a nobel peace prize winner!

    During John Lynch’s retirement cerimony, John told a story about being on an airplane returning from a game and Warren Sapp was pissing him off…John warned Sapp to lay off, but Sapp continued and it took several players to restrain Lynch…the incident was remembered fondly by Lynch which means it strengthened their bond as a team unit.

    If you watch the NFL network’s “Top Ten” series, some of the most revered players on defense were some of the nastiest son’s of bitches that ever played the game, back in the day when trying to take somebody’s head off was acceptable.

    This is a young man still finding his role in the NFL, you learn by your mistakes…mistakes being the plural form of mistake, which means that you have to make more than one to mature.


  11. Mike Says:

    “Oh, and wouldn’t it be battery, not assault?”

    Possibly both. The actual landing of the helmet on Torrie’s face is battery. The immediate apprehension of physical harm by either Cox or Penn is assault.

    Gotta love the “boys will be boys” attitude the media and some fans are taking. I’d like to see these people on the field and have someone swing a helmet at them and see if they go “nancy boy” and have a fit about it. The bimbo on 10 Connects said “save it for the season”…sure, and get a hefty suspension to boot. Good job!