Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Aqib Talib charges dismissed


Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that the case against former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib had been dropped.

Talib, an all-pro with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whose status with the team has been uncertain throughout the offseason, was scheduled to stand trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon June 25 in Dallas County, Texas.

According to police, Talib allegedly pistol-whipped and fired shots at Shannon Billings, the live-in boyfriend of Talib’s sister, who resides in Garland, Texas.

However, Billings’ history of run-ins with the law might have helped Talib in this case.

“I guess the district attorney, in preparing for trial, had a chance to evaluate the case,” Talib’s attorney, Frank Perez, told the Times Monday. “The bottom line is that the complainant is sitting in jail as a repeat child molester and has prior cases of the same nature.”

Perez later released the following statement on Talib’s behalf:

“Today, the District Attorney for Dallas County, Texas, dismissed all of the charges that were filed against Aqib Talib in March, 2011. We appreciate the District Attorney’s thorough review of this case. Aqib is appreciative of the support that he received from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, his teammates, Buccaneers fans and his friends and family during this difficult period. With this matter now successfully behind him, Aqib’s sole focus is on contributing to a successful 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

With the second-degree felony charge out of the way, Talib can turn his attention to his future with the Bucs and new head coach Greg Schiano instead of a possible jail sentence of 2-20 years. Thursday, Schiano addressed the media on a variety of topics, including Talib.

“Well, anytime you have a guy where there’s an off-the-field situation that could affect his on-the-field situation, you’re concerned,” Schiano said. “The thing that I can tell you is, since I arrived here Jan. 26, he’s been awesome. The way he’s worked, he’s been here every day.”

Johnson opening eyes

Former KU linebacker Steven Johnson made quite a name for himself with the Denver media during the Broncos’ minicamp, which wrapped up last week.

Johnson, who was signed by the Broncos immediately following the NFL Draft in April, showcased his passion for the game and relentless attitude while attempting to join former teammate and fellow-KU alumnus Chris Harris in making the Broncos’ roster as an undrafted rookie.

Jeff Legwold, of The Denver Post, recently was asked about Johnson in a Q&A;, and the answers he provided indicate that Johnson has a legitimate shot at making Denver’s 53-man roster.

Here are a couple of snippets from Legwold’s analysis of the former Jayhawk.

n “Johnson’s challenge will be to show quality play speed and to add some strength. He had good numbers in his workouts to measure explosiveness as well as a good showing in agility drills at his pro day. But his strength numbers were below average, so these offseason workouts are important for him. Once training camp opens, he’ll have to show he can shed blockers and keep his feet on the way to the ball.... Johnson will also have to show some impact on special teams, the fast track for any player hoping to make it as an undrafted player.”

n “Though he played in one of the worst defenses in the nation, for a team that went 5-19 in his last two years and surrendered 678 yards alone in an October loss to Baylor, Johnson still was noticed by NFL scouts by how he played through those struggles.”

n “If Johnson had been a tick or two faster on the stopwatch or a few pounds bigger, he certainly would have found himself drafted. At least two teams I spoke to before the draft had a borderline late seventh/priority free agent grade on him. Still, he’s in a good place to have a chance to make it … .”


Jonathan Allison 10 years, 5 months ago

Good for Talib. He's going to have to work on his image! Sounds like his new coach likes him. Hopefully he can keep out of trouble now!

Micky Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

The fact the charges were dismissed because the guy he pistol whipped is in jail right now, it sounds like he wasn't doing anything wrong. Just defending his sister or maybe his sister's child. The only reason it was a big deal, he's an All Pro.

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 5 months ago

Jayhawk nation loves u aqib! Congrats, now go make us proud... And mention KU, not just Tampa Bay... Let your attorney kno what up.

SaltLakeHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Sources say Aquib was seen high-stepping on his way out of the court house, starting at the ten yard line.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 5 months ago

i was just about to look this up, to see where the case was. very good news for Aqib. Now he can focus on being the best football player he can be.....which, while he was at KU, was pretty darn good.

Steven Johnson making the Broncos will be awesome! Chris Harris is definitely the role model don't have to be drafted to be on an NFL your tail off and listen to the coaches...and you'll always have a chance.

Go Jayhawks in the NFL!

Jim Jackson 10 years, 5 months ago

The guy was assaulting Aqib's sister. I would hope pistol whipping would be a fair retaliation by a brother.

Tim Orel 10 years, 5 months ago

Still best to let the law handle things if that's at all possible. They don't get charged and have their futures ruined depending upon a decision by a prosecutor the way Aqib might have. Very glad he had them all dropped.

texashawk10 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree that ideally it'd be nice to call the police in that situation, but that would take about 5 minutes minimum for a cop to show up (and that's if there's one close by already) so I would hope any brothers out there would defend their sisters if they were being assaulted. I don't have a sister, but if I did and found out that her boyfriend was a pedophile and was assaulting her, that guy had better start praying I don't kill him when I found him.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the guy got what he deserved more than Aquib hadn't done anything wrong, but glad for the way it worked out.

jhawk23 10 years, 5 months ago

Gotta say I don't have a problem with a guy pistol-whipping and firing warning shots at a child abuser. Probably best to let law enforcement handle that stuff, though law enforcement in most of the country has a--how I should I put this--less than stellar reputation for their zealous pursuit of true justice for African-Americans in general.

On a related note, anyone want to make over-under wagers on how long Sandusky is in prison before he gets got (shanked)?

Micky Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

Hmmm, that really doesn't sound like an honest assessment. Billings is black, but they charged Talib who is also black, then dismissed the charges on Talib. This seems like due diligence.

texashawk10 10 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, child molesters are generally kept separated from the rest of the population in prison because they are the lowest people on the totem pole in prison and generally don't survive for very long. Sandusky will be kept separated from the rest of the general population and will die of old age in prison, not from a shank or beat down that he deserves.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 5 months ago

Talib, maybe you could fly to Pennsylvania and pay a visit to that other child molester!!

Armen Kurdian 10 years, 5 months ago

I'll always remember the pick-6 he ran in the Orange Bowl...that was awesome!

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