After being shot in the Dallas area early Sunday morning, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday. He is missing the team’s trip on Monday to meet President Barack Obama after the win in Super Bowl 50, but things may get interesting for Talib very quickly.
Talib reportedly told Dallas police he was “too intoxicated” to remember what happened when he was shot around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday. Two others were injured in the incident, and local reporter Rebecca Lopez passed along, via the police report, that the bullet that injured Talib entered and exited his upper right leg.
Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported that Talib was accidentally shot, and Pro Football Talk passed along rumors he may have shot himself along with a report the Broncos started investigating that possibility shortly after the incident.
Talib said he was shot at a local park with a large group, and not at a night club as had been previously reported. Lopez has added that the police is looking into the possibility Talib is lying about the locale of the shooting, and being at a club at 3:40 in the morning is a more likely scenario.
Based on the location of his wound, it’s entirely reasonable that Talib was in possession of a gun and it went off accidentally. That of course assumes he would be a right-handed shot if he had a reason to point and/or shoot a gun, and that he would have had the weapon hidden or holstered near his right hip as a result.
There’s a lot of moving parts to this story, the least of which is Talib’s health and ultimate availability for training camp and the coming season. Talib could easily be facing criminal charges if he is found to have been more than a victim, and if that happens league discipline won’t be far behind.