TAMPA — Bucs Nation awaited with high anxiety all day long, hoping to hear good news about cornerback Aqib Talib’s trip to meet with Roger Goodell about his offseason troubles.
The meeting occurred, but the wait continues as Talib and fellow NFL’er Kenny Britt left without punishment. They’re not, however, out of the woods quite yet.
Although Talib didn’t receive a suspension from the league today, his case is still being reviewed and a punishment is still possible. The fact he escaped the initial meeting without amercement is a good sign. Talib’s attorney’s have said since the beginning that not only is Talib innocent of the charges against him, but they have a strong enough case in his defense, that the league won’t suspend him.
Suspension is the popular disciplinary action taken against players who act outside of the Player’s Conduct code of Ethics, but a fine may be in order of the league wants to still let Talib know they have their eye on him and will keep it there. Talib has been suspended once, last year in fact around this same time, for assaulting a cab driver in Florida. He missed one game for that and served no jail time in terms of a sentence.
This time, a warrant was out for his arrest.
The league may come to believe Talib was innocent given that the attorney’s aren’t just blowing smoke, but they don’t take kindly to player’s with character flaws. A suspension still wouldn’t be a surprise and is still the logical choice from the league’s standpoint, but if after the evidence is reviewed and Talib’s involvement has been blown out of proportion, still expect at the very least a hefty fine. This way Talib’s innocence is recognized but so is the long arm of League Law.
A fine says you got away from us this time, but do this again and it’ll be the third time you’ll be making a trip to meet with the Commissioner. Not many player make the journey and live to tell about it. For now, the waiting game on what happens to Talib continues.