You’ll notice that almost a month since the gun charges against Buccaneers corner Aqib Talib were dropped that the talented corner, as well as the Buccaneers front office, are still awaiting word on Talib’s status.
There’s precedent for this, it regularly takes the NFL weeks to months to make decisions in these cases, but the question needs to be posed, why?
This is the crux of the players’ collective gripe against the NFL. The discipline is always going to be a part of the game, I think that’s understood, but the lack of transparency associated with it is downright troubling.
What are they doing in New York right now that it’s taken a month to determine whether they want to suspend Talib? It seems to a rational person that a decision could probably be rendered in an afternoon if someone actually cared to make it. Instead though teams and players dangle for weeks awaiting word of their fates and it begins to create disadvantages that seem unnecessarily punitive to the franchises.
Why should the Bucs be twisting in the wind right now trying to determine whether to move Ronde Barber or to move for another corner prior to training camp?
With the arrest of Eric Wright last week, things have gotten even more complicated now in Tampa. Wright’s history of incidents is a little more extensive than was advertised when he signed a few months ago and depending on what transpires there’s no guarantee he won’t face NFL discipline. That’s two corners and the Buccaneers have no idea when the NFL will get around to telling them what their statuses will be.
That’s an issue, ignoring the fact Goodell is judge and jury and also gets to rule on appeals, there needs to be some kind of end-date timetable for these decisions or at least some transparency. I’d settle for the NFL just to admit they’re still conducting their own interviews or that they’re just doing anything besides letting a file collect dust on a desk while they leave teams in a lurch as they await the information.
Who knows what happens with Aqib Talib… and who knows when we’ll know.