Talib, 25, is alleged to have pistol-whipped Shannon Billings, the longtime boyfriend of Talib’s sister, before firing multiple shots at Billings, who was fleeing the scene. Talib has denied the charges, indicating that it was his mother, 58-year old Okolo Talib, who fired the shots at Billings.
Talib’s lawyer released the following statement on Friday:
“It is important to note that the indictment is merely a formal accusation, and that Mr. Talib has not been convicted of any crime with respect to this matter. The grand jury was not privy to a number of important facts. We are very confident that once we have the opportunity to present all of the facts, this matter will be resolved in Mr. Talib’s favor.
“Aqib looks forward to putting this matter behind him and returning to the game of football. Given the sensitive nature of this matter, we cannot comment any further.”
If convicted of the second degree felony, Talib faces up to 20 years in prison.
A 2008 first-round pick out of Kansas, Talib has 127 tackles, 15 interceptions, and 35 passes defensed in 41 career games with the Buccaneers. Since entering the league, Talib has been involved in fights with teammates and served a one-game suspension at the beginning of the 2010 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after assaulting a cab driver during training camp.
The 6-1, 205-pound Talib has two years and up to $6.3 million remaining on his rookie contract, including a $1.0563 million guarantee on his $1,563,750 base salary next season.