ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07: Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers nearly intercepts a pass intended for Michael Jenkins #12 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 7 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
As JoeBucsFan notes, Aqib Talib has been named a "Person of Interest" by Garland, Texas police. In an altercation involving his mother, sister and his sister's boyfriend a number of shots were fired. He could be arrested for anything ranging from 'discharging a firearm within a municipality' to 'aggravated assault with a deadly weapon'. According to the Dallas Observer, Aqib Talib tried to allegedly pistol-whip his sister's boyfriend and then fired several shots as the boyfriend fled the scene. It should be noted that this version of events is based on the boyfriend's testimony, although it was corroborated by neighborhood witnesses. While Talib hasn't been charged with anything yet, this could lead to serious charges against the star cornerback. Even if Talib isn't given a prison sentence or even convicted of anything, he could be suspended by Roger Goodell once football returns. It is currently unclear whether the Personal Conduct Policy still applies during a lockout, but I don't think Goodell is going to let shootings go. It's unclear whether Talib's pre-trial intervention program stemming from a 2009 arrest for hitting a cab driver has been brought to a conclusion. If that program is still on-going, it's possible this arrest will have further ramifications for Talib.
This isn't the first time Talib has gotten into trouble, having gotten in fights with teammates before. While Talib was rumoured to have cleaned up his life during the 2010 offseason, it seems that may not be the case after all. Hopefully this will all be resolved swiftly, and it's possible that nothing significant will come of this. But the allegations are serious, and if Talib is given a prison sentence he could be out of football altogether. Whether or not Talib is guilty in this case, he needs to learn to stay away from situations like this, like any professional athlete.
The Bucs aren't allowed to have any contact with Talib or his agent right now, so it'll be tough for them to help Talib or assess the situation in any way. The Bucs may feel that they need to draft another cornerback now, as Talib seems to continue to be a liability off the field.
UPDATE: According to TBO.com Talib's previous case involving hitting a cab driver was concluded in November. It seems that regardless of what happens now, that case will not lead to further punishment.