Talib Allegedly Punches Cabby Multiple Times

August 20th, 2009

Helmet-wielding Aqib Talib stuck to his fists last night and pummelled a cab driver in the back of the head multiple times from the back seat of the taxi as he and other men got a ride to the Bucs’ team hotel, reports Anwar Richardson of The Tampa Tribune.

That buzzing sound you’re hearing is the flurry of attorneys trying to track down the taxi driver, who sang like a bird to the newspaper.

So what’s next?

Now Joe knows a bit how this will be handled initially at One Buc Place.

JoeBucsFan.com was the only outlet to closely cover the October IHOP incident in Tampa, which left then Bucs running back Michael Bennett and offensive lineman Anthony Davis accused of severely beating a man outside the restaurant in the wee hours of the morning.

Bennett was accused of using a gun during the incident, and current Bucs Donald Penn and Quincy Black saw themselves roped into police inquries as witnesses. No arrests were made, but if you want to know what happened in the civil suit against Bennett, click here. You won’t find it anywhere else.

After the IHOP incident, according to police reports, the Bucs cooperated extensively with police and did an internal team investigation.

As for last night, Joe believes it’s a no-brainer the other guys in the cab with Talib were Bucs teammates. And Joe is confident the powers at One Buc Place already have demanded they step forward and tell Raheem The Dream, Mark Dominik and others what really happened.

Here’s the cabbie’s version, per The Tampa Tribune.

A few minutes into Duggan’s drive, it took a dramatic turn.

“I thought I was getting robbed. I thought I was going to die,” Duggan said. “I didn’t know these guys were Tampa Bay football players. I thought I was done.”

Duggan, 47, said he was assaulted by Talib while the player sat in the back seat of his cab. He claims Talib began punching him in the back of his head while he was driving on Interstate 275, prompting Duggan to swerve before stopping on I-275 at Gandy to call the police.

Duggan said he never spoke to Talib while in the cab and the attack was unprovoked.

Duggan believes Talib was one of three Buccaneers in his cab headed back into the hotel where the team stayed during training camp. He was unsure of the identities of the other two men.

“Talib began punching from behind and the car went from the right lane to the left lane,” Duggan said. “The guy in the front seat started telling at him, ‘Dude, you’re going to kill us. You’re going to kill us.’

“It felt like I got hit with a hammer. I thought I was getting robbed. Until the cops ran his ID, I had no idea who he was.”

Assuming the other Bucs in the taxi confirm Talib belted the cab driver while he was driving, look for the Bucs to suspend Talib for at least two regular season games. And look for the suspension to come quickly. The testimony of the other Bucs is all the team would need to feel justified.

Joe believes there is little other choice for Raheem The Dream. If one of your players assaults a citizen in this heinous manner and puts lives at risk on the road, you have to do something.

Then Raheem The Dream can get to the business of trying to field something resembling a first-team secondary against the Cowboys on opening day.

One Response to “Talib Allegedly Punches Cabby Multiple Times”

  1. J Lynch says Says:

    Another choir boy… Raheem. Wild Child??? Why don’t you have a curfew fore these IMBECILS Raheem the JOKE