Aqib Talib’s assault case was dismissed by the prosecutor’s office in Dallas county recently, but that doesn’t mean he won’t face discipline from the NFL. There is a significant chance of Talib receiving a suspension from Roger Goodell.
Now, the NFL has confirmed that they will review Talib’s case. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that to me today:
“Yes, we will review the matter.”
That is confirmation, indeed. Whether a suspension is likely or not is still up in the air, but this isn’t Talib’s first offense, which might make a suspension more likely. Remember, Talib was involved in an incident in 2009 and met with Goodell then. He ended up being suspended for only one game, but still remains on file as an offender.
The only thing working in Talib’s favor is probably the fact that the most recent incident happened during the lockout. This means that commissioner Goodell was technically unable to punish Talib because of the lack of a collective bargaining agreement.
If Talib is suspended, however, expect the suspension to be somewhere around two games, but definitely not more than four. The silver lining for Talib is that he can now focus on football and doesn’t have any legal issues to face anymore. However, he must be careful in the future because Greg Schiano runs a tight ship, and probably would not tolerate anymore run-ins with the law.
In other news, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 training camp schedule was released. It is posted below.
July 27: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
July 28: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
July 29: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 3: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Night practice, will take place at Raymond James Stadium)
Aug. 6: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 7: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 12: 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.