Aqib Talib Reportedly Found by Dallas Police to Have Shot Himself

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos watches his team warm up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Broncos defeated the Bengals 29-17.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib told Dallas Police Department officers he was shot in the leg on June 5, but according to WFAA's Rebecca Lopez, that was reportedly not the case.

Lopez reported Tuesday that a Dallas Police Department investigation determined Talib shot himself. Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Broncos would not comment on the report.

On June 7, KUSA's Mike Klis reported that "Talib has told people close to him he accidentally shot himself."

Since then, there has been a search for clarity regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

According to the Washington Post's Cindy Boren, police in Dallas were attempting to uncover whether Talib was shot at a park or at the V Live club.

On June 6, TMZ cited "multiple sources connected to the investigation" who said video footage that included audio of gunshots ringing out matched the timeline of the incident.

However, Talib maintained the incident occurred in a park.

"Everything was a blur, and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened," Talib told police, according to WFAA (via Klis).

The distinction is crucial because, as Boren reported, "a law that took effect Jan. 1 prohibits carrying a weapon without a license into a place that sells alcohol."

Boren added: "A violation of the law is a Class 3 felony. It is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail to have a handgun while intoxicated with or without a license, and it is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail to discharge a weapon in a public place."

On Tuesday, Lopez reported that Talib still faces NFL discipline stemming from the incident. 

When asked on Wednesday about a potential punishment from the league Talib told reporters, "I'm just worried about Julio Jones," who the Broncos face this week. Talib said nothing has changed in regards to his status with the NFL and he won't comment because it is still under review, per James Palmer of NFL Network.

During an Aug. 8 appearance on 104.3 The Fan's The Drive with Big Al and D-Mac, ESPN's Adam Schefter said, "Even if the legal system never brings any charges against Aqib Talib and he walks away from that situation without any issues, he very much still faces the real possibility that he's going to be disciplined and disciplined rather severely from the NFL."

On Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the latest news "could impact whether he's disciplined."

Schefter told 104.3 The Fan that if Talib is suspended under the league's personal conduct policy, the punishment could be harsh.

"I remember initially speaking to somebody, and we were discussing the situation," Schefter said. "And we were discussing it in a hypothetical way, because we do not know the exact facts of the situation; it's a mystery. But the person I was talking to said, 'I don’t see how this is less than eight games.'"


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