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Bucs’ CB Talib arrested for allegedly hitting cabbie

Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib watches from the Jayhawks' bench after a South Florida touchdown during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. According to a report, Talib was arrested Wednesday night after being charged with battery and resisting arrest.

Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib watches from the Jayhawks' bench after a South Florida touchdown during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. According to a report, Talib was arrested Wednesday night after being charged with battery and resisting arrest.

August 20, 2009, 9:33 a.m. Updated August 21, 2009, 12:00 a.m.


Former Jayhawk Talib arrested

Former KU football player Aqib Talib was arrested Thursday morning for battery and resisting arrest. Talib reportedly hit a man and then refused to exit a taxi upon police request. Talib is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Enlarge video

— Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib was held out of practice Thursday after police say he punched a taxi driver and was jailed on charges of simple battery and resisting arrest without violence.

The Bucs said the second-year pro, who fought with a teammate during last year’s NFL rookie symposium and then had another confrontation with a teammate this offseason, would not be suspended by the team.

Instead the club referred the matter to commissioner Roger Goodell.

“It’s unfortunate, certainly, what happened last night,” general manager Mark Dominik said.

“I’ve been in contact with the league office. This falls under the personal conduct policy. Certainly whatever decision’s made, the commissioner’s decision supersedes anything the club does at this time.”

Talib, a former Kansas University standout, posted $300 bail early Thursday. A Florida Highway Patrol arrest report said the 23-year-old punched a cab driver in the neck and ear after he picked up Talib and two other men outside a St. Petersburg nightclub.

The Tampa Tribune reported extensively on details of the cab incident. The paper said while in the taxi, Talib was asked three times by trooper John Ryan to exit the vehicle but “was uncooperative, without offering or doing violence,” the police report stated.

The report stated that there was an “indication of alcohol influence.” Both charges are misdemeanors.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the arrest took place about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday at Interstate 275 (State Road 93) and Gandy Boulevard in Pinellas County. Talib was booked into the jail shortly before 1 a.m. and released just after 6 a.m.

David Duggan, the driver of the taxi, said he picked up three men at Nova 535, a lounge in St. Petersburg, about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and was taking them to the Homewood Suites near Tampa International Airport. 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 told the Tampa Tribune. “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 said he charged the men $50 for the ride and collected the money up front.

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.”

Duggan said responding officers were prepared to pepper spray Talib, but Duggan protested because pepper spraying the car “would be bad for my customers.”

Then three police officers yanked him out the car and stuffed him in the back of the FHP car.

Duggan, who is 5-foot-7, 170 pounds, said he went to the emergency room at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg at about 1 a.m. and left after 5 a.m. He told the Tribune he has a large knot on the back of his head and is experiencing headaches. For the past two years, Duggan was a tow-truck operator before losing his job. He was “down on his luck” and moved in with a friend. He started working for the Independent cab company three days ago to get back on his feet.

After Duggan’s run in with Talib, he is unsure whether he will drive his cab again.

“I don’t go around beating up people. I’ve never been in a fight in my life. I’m not the type of person,” Duggan said. “It was a vicious attack. It’s like a hungry lion going against a chicken. It was that quick. I called One Buc Place and I’m ticked off. I have a bunch of medical bills now and somebody needs to pay them.”

Talib walked onto the practice field about 30 minutes into an afternoon workout, but did not participate in drills. He left before the end of the session and was not available for comment.

“Obviously you’re concerned, obviously you’re disappointed,” coach Raheem Morris said. “The real deal of the matter is it’s a league issue. ... You have to let it go through due process.”

Shortly after being drafted by the Bucs, Talib clashed with then-teammate Cory Boyd at the rookie symposium.

In May, he apologized for letting emotions get the best of him and swinging a helmet at offensive tackle Donald Penn and accidentally striking cornerback Torrie Cox instead during an offseason workout.


truman1902 8 years, 8 months ago

I guess this is the "downside" of your common Beer Summit!!

puddleglum 8 years, 8 months ago

we support you, aqib. you had a moment of bad judgment: like everybody else in this world. learn from it and move on.

btw-I will never forget you high-stepping that interception into the end zone at the orange bowl. I was sitting on that end zone and that was the coolest thing ever. I also noticed how you played rope-a-dope with the quarter back on the previous two plays....awesome!

Eric Neuteboom 8 years, 8 months ago

Sorry puddle, he's had many lapses, and has not learned a dang thing from any of them. Like last year when he got in a fight in camp and hit a teammate with his helmet; or the year before that when he was caught fighting at the NFL rookie symposium; or the many fights he's started in bars in Lawrence. Don't let his few moments of athletic glory lead you to thinking he's a good guy, because he's not. He's an embarrassment, and will soon enough be the next NFL poster child for bad behavior. Only a matter of time.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 8 months ago

Football is a violent sport, and yet, some fans are "embarrassed" when players are violent.

budwhysir 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh come on everybody, isnt this what we want our kids to learn???? Its okay to break the law if you play football. Only job I know of that you can be arrested, get special bond arrangements and delay trials around game schedules. Use to be kids could look up to these guys, now adays I dont even watch sports for this very reason

Greg Counts 8 years, 8 months ago

KU was so happy to lose him to the pros because it took soooo much to keep him eligible to play. He was so stupid that even with tutors and forced study hours he couldn't keep his grades up. Then there was all the trouble he was constantly in, so this wasn't any surprise. The only true surprise is why he's lasted this long! It won't be long before he blows it and finds out what it's like to hold a down a job without an education!

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

"The rightwing maintains that pot smoking is illegal." It is illegal.

budwhysir 8 years, 8 months ago

I wait for the day that an athlete is treated more harshly than other folks. Please tell me where in the world, a convicted felon just released from prison could pick up a job making a couple mill a year with no questions asked? If that was me, I would not have been able to get a job at a fast food place, let alone make millions while I am there

Angel Gillaspie 8 years, 8 months ago

smoking pot is not illegal. possession is illegal, not having a tax stamp is illegal, distributing it is illegal and purchasing it is illegal. but smoking it is not.

budwhysir 8 years, 8 months ago

nothing is illegal in the NFL. Thats how the came up with NFL when one of the players was arrested, the whole team kept saying not for long, coaches had to shorten it so the cheerleaders could get it into a cheer and that is how it became the NFL for not for long

Steve Jacob 8 years, 8 months ago

Don't forget this note from

"Talib was already involved in an offseason fight with a teammate, in which he struck fellow DB Torrie Cox with a helmet."

budwhysir 8 years, 8 months ago

offseason and still wearin a helmet??? this guy must be looking for trouble. NFL

straightforward 8 years, 8 months ago

Well I think this is a sign that the KU football program has truly made it big time!!! All the great football programs produce non-grad players for the NFL who make millions and then go beat people up. Look on the bright side folks... at least it wasn't a woman getting beat up this time.

bondmen 8 years, 8 months ago

Possibly the highly respected Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., who has had personal experience with, as Barry Hussein Obama says, the "stupid police", could offer his highly developed, intellectual methods of dealing with difficult people as a way to get Talib back on the right track. If it doesn't work out, they would no doubt make great cell mates.

Joe Hyde 8 years, 8 months ago

Sucker-punching a cab driver while you are sitting directly behind him, where the driver can't see you or defend himself from your attack without taking his attention away from driving the vehicle...Lordy!

Mr. Talib's sense of social responsibiliity would be improved greatly by him getting suspended a year without pay, plus not being allowed to suit up for Tampa Bay or any other NFL team ever again until after he completes a certified mental health counseling for off-the-field hostility issues.

Slugging a cabby in the back of his head while the cab is underway in's a miracle Talib's battery didn't trigger a collision that killed everyone in the car.

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