With NFL players having completed minicamp and OTAs, they now have a little bit of time to themselves before training camp begins in July. For one player in the league, however, that time has been a little difficult.
Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was the victim of an erroneous claim on Sunday as reports indicated that Dallas police had arrested him for public intoxication but it was later on corrected that it was his brother, Yaqub Talib, who was in fact arrested for the crime. There are times in which people do make mistakes and the police department in Dallas did make one, but I think that Talib should look at this and just move on from their mistake.
While Talib has not yet called for a civil lawsuit for a claim of defamation, it would be in his best interest that he does not do so. The Broncos already have their other free agent acquisition T.J. Ward in trouble for a incident at a bar involving throwing a mug at a bartender. The last thing the organization needs is for another one of their players getting involved with the court of law.
I would understand why Talib could take that route because he was falsely accused of the crime and the actual malice standard applies to him because all NFL players are public figures, but it would be wise for him to just remove it from his mind and move on. He could be looking at damage to his reputation as well as things that he allegedly or had done that could sway a jury’s vision of Talib himself.
The best thing for Talib to do is to accept the apology and get ready for Broncos training camp. He needs to forget the legal issues and prepare for the upcoming season. With as good of a player as he is, the team is going to need him going forward without any snags that will result in him losing playing time. It’s time to burn the bridge and move on.