Aqib Talib’s time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might over. The
elite star good cornerback was suspended for four games by the NFL for turning in a positive drug test. The official label attached to his suspension is a suspension for performance enhancing drugs, but Talib admits it was just Adderall.
“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” Talib said in a statement. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”
Greg Schiano spoke on the matter and wasn’t pleased Talib is continuing to be a problem.
“We are disappointed to learn that Aqib Talib will be suspended for four games, which will begin with our game tomorrow against Kansas City. I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down. Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension.”
Talib will not appeal the suspension, which will be put in effect this Sunday when the Bucs host the Chiefs. This isn’t the first time Talib has been in trouble since joining the Buccaneers in 2008. He beat up a cab driver his first offseason in the NFL and he had a gun charge hanging over his head this offseason.