“I Would Have A Problem If They Cut Him”

March 30th, 2011

No jail time for Talib? Then bring him back to Tampa to be his stud cornerback self for the Buccaneers, said former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, co-host of The King David Show on 1010 AM today.

King said he’s in strong disagreement with the local columnists and talking heads who are calling for Talib’s head.

“Has Talib performed in his job as cornerback of the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers?” King asked rhetorically. “If I’m Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik, it’s not my job to be the moral cops of America.  I would have a problem if they cut him. … If they don’t put him in jail in Texas, then let him come back and play football.

“The Bucs have an obligation not to cut him because he makes the Bucs a better team on Sunday.”

As Joe has written, Joe would get rid of Talib, but not on moral grounds — but because the team can’t count on him for the short term or the long term.

But as Joe has written, and said during numerous radio interviews over the past two days, Talib can quickly become a sympathetic figure given “the victim” in this case and the fact that Talib set out to protect his sister.

If Talib cuts a deal for a lesser charge and probation — what Joe and others expect — the Bucs could be facing a tougher decision on Talib than it may seem to be now, especially if the lockout is still in place and the story dies out.

30 Responses to ““I Would Have A Problem If They Cut Him””

  1. becks Says:

    if no charges, keep him. hes a pro bowl talent at a serious piece of our puzzle. Only way im okay with moving on is if we get Nnamdi. otherwise we have to draft a corner and in my eyes that is a waste of a number 1 pick. gets us no further along

  2. gitarlvr Says:

    There will be no deal cut for probation on a gun assault charge. Maybe if Talib was still a “first time offender” but he used up that get out of jail free card on the cabbie punching. The state would have to lack confidence in their chance at trial for Talib to escape prison on this.

  3. Braheem Ackmadia Says:

    Nnamdi Asomugha! Yeah, the Bucs now can definitely afford him when jettisoning Talib. Aquib Talib only has value to the Buccaneers if they can be sure he is #1 available to play #2 He is not a distraction #3 He is not an embarrassment to ownership. Nnamdi is all those & much better in every area. No More Jeremy Stevens’, No more Tenard Jackson’s, No More Aquib Talib’s!!!

  4. Gary Says:

    No jail time = still on the team, plain and simple.

  5. Adam Says:

    If he not not receive a prison sentence, then the team should deal with it internally and impose AT LEAST a 4-6 game ban on him, just for getting in trouble again.

    That is if they don’t just cut him altogether.

  6. Gary Says:

    No more Aquib Talib’s or Aqib Talib’s! Screw them both! lol.

  7. DailyRich Says:

    He doesn’t make them a better team on Sunday if he’s serving a suspension.

  8. Pete Dutcher Says:

    He turned himself in and was out 2 hours later by posting a 25K bond.

  9. Dylan Says:

    lol you only have to pay like 15% of your listen bond so he actually didnt pay 25,000$. KEEP HIM. The cabbie thing was him just being a punk. This time he actually can play the victim role because of his sister. Pulling a gun pushed it, but none of us were there to know why and what was said for him to pull a gun. this is over his family I do not believe the bucs should cut him if he doesnt face jail time. and whoever said he used his get out of jail free card, read a few articles down that joe posted. After he served and completed his probation and anger management classes his record was swept clean so he will be charged as a first time offender and playing a victim role. He will get a good attorney and he will hopefully be on the bucs next season. He is arguably the best player on defence and there is no way you can just let that go. He needs to have a heart to heart like i said before with mark and raheem explain the situation. and hopefully he realizes he pushed it too far, but hopefully mark realizes his sister was most likely being sexually assaulted and he didnt go out looking and starting trouble for this one. He is too important. who could cover roddy white, andre johnson, miles austin, dez bryant, reggie wayne? face it we need aqib he could arguably be the 3rd best corner after the 2011 season.. if there is a season.

  10. Joe Says:

    Bingo, thank you Rich.

    Teams get rid of players all the time because they are injury-prone. Why? They can’t answer the bell. Few if any gripe about this.

    What’s the difference between an injury-prone player and a suspension-prone player? Well, first, the suspension-prone player is a massive distraction because you always find yourself trying to fill a hole because of someone’s stupidity. Injuries cannot be avoided in many cases.

    The Bucs got to 10 wins without him, just how valuable can he be?

    If he stays, the Bucs need to make it so clear that even a guy with a white cane can see if a cop has Talilb’s name in his mouth ever again, even for a speeding ticket, he is GONE.

    As Joe has written before, the incidents with Talib only continue to grow worse. Now that he has tried to shoot a guy, and thankfully missed, what’s the next step up from that? And when? When the Bucs are making a playoff push? Charming.

    The only thing you can depend on Talib for is getting into trouble.

  11. Teflon Don Says:

    LOL ppl are calling for Talibs release and that is just absurd. Put yourself in his shoes apparently the Boyfriend is abusing his sister.. physically or verbally who knows but i have a sister and if she was getting abused verbally or physically i would definitely take matters in to my own hands. Even his mother was shooting at the guy so you know it was something serious this guy did. Let the guy live his life hes a man who makes his own decisions. Alot of these guys who bash him in the media can’t relate to the kid because they are not even from the environment he is from or went through anything this kid has gone through. Yea he made a mistake should he have shot at the guy..no.. should he have called the cops.. yes.. was he thinking about that at the time? probably not. Let the case play out and then say what you have to say about the man.. in my opinion he is the top CB in the NFC south and if we cut him over something like this than it will be a big time football mistake. with time the kid will grow up he is only 25.

  12. Rican Says:

    They will not cut him.

  13. mr. fugggem RAW Says:

    if this was peyton manning or tom brady who shot at someone everyone would try to justify it. Shut the fugg up and let the man play.

  14. Teflon Don Says:

    if this was peyton manning or tom brady who busted a few caps at somebody i wonder if there team/ surrounding media would say oh lets get him outta here.

  15. Derf Says:

    PREDICTION: The Bucs Do Not Cut Talib

    Fast Forward to Training Camp in the players dorm:

    Talib: Man and I glad to be playing back here at One Buc Place

    TJ: You got that right bro – specially after you’re almost dropping that guy back home.

    Talib: TJ shut the he** up bro he was smacking my sis

    TJ: Hey I know lets blow this joint and celebrate – come on man

    Talib: I don’t know man I’ve got to lay low

    TJ: Hey no problem man – look you me and Geno will grab a cab and head over to Ybor for some venting ok?

    Talib: No cabs for me man!

    TJ: Relax I’ll get a brother to take us – here Talib take a hit on this and you’ll feel better (INHALES)


    Roger Godall: I’m saddened to announce that Tanard Jackson has failed another drug test. In addition the TPA has released details of the altercation that occurred in Ybor City in which Aquib Talib tazed a cab driver while fellow Bucaneer Geno Hayes played bodyguard – all have been suspended for the 2011 season….details to follow…..

  16. OAR Says:

    From what I’ve read eleswhere;
    Talib pulled up in a car(should have called cops on his way there) got out with gun and tried pistol whipping Billings. Talib’s gun jammed when it flew out of his hand, hitting a wood fence. Billings grabbed Talibs’ jammed gun and they continued to struggle. While Talib and Billings were fighting, his mom pulls up with gun in hand and starts firing. Talib then grabbed mom’s gun and pulled off a couple of rounds himself.
    Lesson of story: call the cops or take a gun safety/control class. IE learn to aim better!
    BTW Billings is a registered sex offender in Texas.

  17. gitarlvr Says:

    mr. fuggem\teflon don- Are you guys brain damaged or just high on crack?

  18. gitarlvr Says:

    And to think this could all have been avoided if only Talib had taken a page from GMC and just twittered his dissatisfaction with the situation. 🙂

  19. BamBamBuc Says:

    If Peyton Manning or Tom Brady had done something like this, everyone would be wondering what happend, as they have never done anything like this in their past. When Talib does it, people ask if the guy drives a cab? Different scenario with a past history of violence.

  20. MOBucs Says:

    Good point Gitarlvr! A lot of folks were on GMC’s case for simply minding his own business. What if he had “handled the situation like a man” and been arrested. Then he would have been labeled an idiot and rightfully so.

  21. lowered expectations Says:

    king hit the nail on the head… the only problem is the jerk off fans and media who are playing the moral police as well. like you’ve never smoked pot or threatened your brother in-law… give me a break you communists.

    and who cares if he plays or not, football is a children’s game anyway that most of you yokels can’t let go of. you take this sh*t waaaaaaaaaay to serious. let’s hope the man grows up learns his lesson and becomes a better human being.

  22. lowered expectations Says:

    “The Bucs got to 10 wins without him, just how valuable can he be?”

    this coming from a bucs columnist irks me. he didnt get placed on IR until dec 6th. how the hell could you possibly say that? talib was on the field until week 13, joe! he played in 11 games, HELLO!

    don’t act like he wasn’t on the field having a stellar season AND the game with atlanta before he went down before the half!

    hanging out with tanard, joe?

  23. Joe Says:

    lowered expectations:

    The Bucs got to 10 wins without him, just how valuable can he be?”

    this coming from a bucs columnist irks me. he didnt get placed on IR until dec 6th. how the hell could you possibly say that?

    Uuummm… because it’s fact.

    How many wins did the Bucs have when Talib was injured?

    How many wins did the Bucs have when the season closed?

    Joe didn’t write they won 10 games without him. Joe wrote they “got to” 10 wins without him.

  24. lowered expectations Says:

    wow, i cannot stop laughing at your post joe, what twisted ideology to promote your plight. yeah, he must be truly useless…

    hey fellow readers, the bucs beat washington (6-10), seattle with a backup qb (7-9) and new orleans (resting players midway through the 3rd), without talib. oh yeah, AND lost to detroit.

    yeah, i’m really sold on that one, joe…

    we won 3 out of our last 4 without his assistance. technically speaking, your syntax is correct. but we all know what you mean when you say a bold statement like that, joe. so don’t act like we can’t read between the lines, your a savvy guy. and so are we, so don’t B.S. us!

  25. jarrett Says:

    We need aqib talib, joe i think you are really off base on this one. Honestly you would be hard pressed to name 5 corners in the game who are better. Biggers does not count as one either. Lets let this play out. Oh and if he is in jail then corner is a huge need and nnamdi or joseph is a must sign if we have any aspirations of making it far this year

  26. eric Says:

    Unless the Texas Department of Corrections has made a drastically liberal turn, unlikely he will be playing much football.

    This is a firearm charge folks, mandatory minimums apply.

  27. Rican Says:

    “I talked to Aqib two days ago,” Bowen said. “I told him, ‘I just read something about you firing a gun.’ He said, ‘Man, I didn’t do a thing. It’ll all come out soon.’ He just kept saying that…He said, ‘I didn’t do that. That was my mom. It’s all going to come out.”’

    – All I’m saying is that for this guy to not have gotten shot after allegedly being shot from close range by two different people is a long shot.

  28. Weneeddefense Says:

    I hope he gets thrown in jail. He deserves it and anyone who apologizes for him need to be taught a lesson obviously. So the judge and jury should convict him and his mom just to teach those in our society that shooting at people even while trying not to hit the other guy, is absolutely illegal. Talib will serve as an example for at least a few thousand retards who think this is ‘no biggie’.

  29. jarrett Says:

    not saying that this is no biggie just saying lets not jump to conclusions, because the testimony of a sex offender, who was in violation of his restraining order just being there. I also will not buy the arguement that we dont need him, because we one some games without him. If we want to make a run next year we need aqib or a aqib like talent playing corner.

  30. Mr. Lucky Says:

    hey Weneeddefense – I AGREE with you. Talib needs to be made an example of – Any NFL safety that drops his own gun and missed two shots – well he SHOULD be cut just on principle!!!! That will teach the other Bucs to hold onto the ball.