Updates from Wednesday, July 9
As for Dallas police erroneously announcing recently that they arrested Talib when it was actually his brother, Yaqub, who was picked up for a disturbance at a night club, the cornerback held no ill will.
'No, definitely not,' Talib said when asked if he is usually mistaken for his brother or vice versa. 'That doesn't happen too much. But that's some hard-working guys in Dallas. They were just doing their job and they made a mistake, an honest mistake, man. It happens sometimes, man.'
The Dallas Police Department alleged that Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with public intoxication after being thrown out of a Dallas nightclub for causing a disturbance.
Talib's agent says otherwise, and now Dallas police major Max Geron, who runs the station's media relations unit, issued a correction and apology on the report:
#BREAKING CORRECTION - Yaqub Talib 31yrs old was arrested. My apologies to Aqib Talib. Original information reported was incorrect.— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
Geron made the arrest information publicly available on his Twitter account Sunday morning:
.@dallaspd arrest Denver Bronco Aqib Talib for public intox after he was throwing bottles causing a disturbance. Talib was danger to self— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
According to Geron's initial report (h/t Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner), Talib was visibly intoxicated in the club and causing a disturbance. Police allege that he was throwing bottles of alcohol and was a danger to himself and others. After being taken into custody, Talib was then booked on charges of public intoxication and was held there for his own safety.
Upon hearing the news, though, Talib issued a denial through his agent, Todd France. According to Pro Football Talk, Talib was not arrested in Dallas; it was Aqib's brother, Yaqub:
Per agent Todd France, Aqib Talib was NOT arrested in Dallas today. Aqib says it was his brother, Yaqub Talib.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 29, 2014
Under Texas law, public intoxication is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum of a $500 fine. It is unclear at this time whether Yaqub caused any damage to the nightclub while throwing bottles, nor did Geron report any injuries on the scene.
Talib, 28, signed a six-year, $57 million contract with the Broncos in March. The troubled cornerback spent much of the previous two seasons with the New England Patriots, where he established himself as a Pro Bowler and performed a reclamation on his public reputation. Once seen around the league as a mercurial talent with a propensity for off-the-field troubles, Talib's stay in New England helped keep him out of trouble.
In 2009, Talib was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and battery after assaulting a cab driver. He was arrested two years later on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. The case was later dismissed a week before the trial due to witness credibility.
He has not publicly been in any trouble with the law since. Hopefully the mistake made by the Dallas Police Department does not harm the public reputation Talib has worked hard to fix.
Talib made 41 tackles and had four interceptions last season. Pro Football Focus' advanced metrics (subscription required) ranked him the 12th-best coverage corner in football and had him as an above-average run defender as well. The Broncos will be happy to have him in the fold—especially considering their issues with pass coverage last season.
And now that the arrest situation has been cleared up, they'll be glad his new deal has not made him begin running afoul of the law again.
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