As Rick Stroud reported earlier today the trial of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ talented corner Aqib Talib isn’t slated to start until after the 2011 season in March of 2012. That means that Talib has just cleared a major hurdle on his way towards playing in the 2011 season as a Buccaneer.
Talib was indicted for assault with a deadly weapon last month and has his trial scheduled to begin on March 26, 2012. Now, personally, I have no clue what had to transpire for Talib to be able to set his court date so late on the docket, I doubt Dallas is that overbooked so I’m assuming Talib’s attorney had to argue that he needed the time to develop the case and his client needed to be able to continue to pursue his livelihood in the meantime. Talib has been in Florida working out with the Bucs during their players-only minicamp the last three days.
Now, this doesn’t mean that Talib is in the clear for this season. Sir Suspend-a-Lot, Roger Goodell has already said players will be subject to discipline for indiscretions during the lockout. That seems like a load of BS to me, but I don’t get to make those calls. It’s completely possible Goodell could actually do the… (let’s say) judicious thing and wait for the courts to determine what actually happened. But if history is any indication, Roger Goodell will make a completely arbitrary and knee-jerk decision to punish simply for embarrassing the “NFL crest.”
I have news for Roger though, nobody has been a bigger embarrassment to the NFL crest over the lockout than he has. He let a sport that’s been more profitable than it’s ever been in its history devolve into petty bickering about how to divide a nine billion-plus dollar pie in the middle of an economic recession. Just saying.