Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ cornerback Aqib Talib was arrested on Thursday after allegedly punching 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.
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.
Cox, who was acting as a peacemaker, was cut on the face and received stitches. Morris said at the time the matter would be handled internally, though Talib said the entire team ran as punishment.
Talib is one of the more promising players on the Bucs’ defense, but if he can’t control his emotions he won’t be long for this league. This is a rough start to a player who was expected to earn a starting role this season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Bucs 65/1 long shots to win the 2010 Super Bowl and 30/1 long shots to win the NFC Championship.
Posted: 8/21/09 1:35AM ET