After a video showing Aqib Talib limping into a Dallas-area hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to his right thigh and calf, the lawyer for the Denver Broncos cornerback has reportedly confirmed he did accidentally shoot himself.
Mike Klis, 9News Broncos Insider, reports that the lawyer notified Dallas police by letter that the All-Pro defensive back had accidentally shot himself in the early-June incident, confirming earlier reports.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 28, 2017
The news comes not as a total surprise, as Dallas police concluded its investigation into Talib in early October, finding that he was not shot by someone else and they would not pursue criminal action.
Rebecca Lopez, a reporter with WFAA-TV in the Dallas area, first reported Dallas police stepping away from the investigation, telling 104.3 The Fan’s “The Drive” at the time she believed they department was “pretty much done with this case.”
“I don’t believe that they’re going to file any charges,” Lopez said. “I think once they unfounded that portion of it, and he and his lawyer are saying that he shot himself, I think that’s just where they are going to leave this case with Aqib Talib.”
Sources say Dallas PD has completed the Aqib Talib case. They’ve determined the Broncos cornerback was not shot by someone but shot himself.
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) October 4, 2016
The incident left Talib sidelined not only for the Broncos’ trip to the White House on June 6 to celebrate a Super Bowl 50 victory but also portions of the early part of the 2016 season.
As Talib joins his Broncos teammates at the Pro Bowl this week, the early part of his 2017 season could also be in jeopardy.
Talib could face a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league’s policy on player conduct despite Dallas police never charging him in the incident.
And past transgressions could play a factor in if, or how severe, the league will punish Talib.
In 2009, Talib was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County (Florida) jail for allegedly resisting arrest without violence and simple battery. Two years later, the then-Tampa Bay defender was indicted in an incident in which he allegedly pistol-whipped and fired upon his sister’s live-in boyfriend. The charges were later dropped.
Talib has also twice been suspended — four games in 2012 for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy and one game in 2015 after “forcefully poking an opponent in the eye” during the Indianapolis Colts game in Week 8.
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