News broke last night that newly acquired Denver Broncos cornerback, Aqib Talib, was arrested in Dallas. After what the Broncos and the fans had just endured with the T.J. Ward drama, this caused a collective puckering of the you-know-what.
Before Talib came to Denver, he had a history of off-the-field issues, including a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. However, his checkered past all happened while he was in Tampa. During his introductory press conference in Denver, Talib credited the “Patriot Way” for helping him to mature and reverse course with his character and behavioral deficiencies.
But it turns out, it wasn’t Aqib who was arrested in Dallas. It was his brother, Yaqub. Here’s what the Dallas Police Department said originally about Aqib:
"“Talib was throwing bottles and creating a disturbance, prompting authorities to conclude he was a danger to himself and others.”"
Aqib’s agent, Todd France, protested strenuously that Aqib was not arrested and now the DPD is eating crow. This opens up the possibility of a civil libel case for Talib. How the DPD could make such an egregious error, remains to be seen. And at this time, it’s unclear if Talib was even present during this altercation. But Talib does have a case, should he choose to pursue it.
The fact that the DPD was so quick to brag about a bogus arrest via social media raises some disgusting concerns about the state of our nation’s law enforcement and how they disseminate information to the public. It’s obvious that they were hoping to be the first to “break” a tasty bit of news. However, that is not their job. That’s the role of the press. And perhaps a fat libel lawsuit will remind our nation’s respective law enforcement of that fact.
Relax, Broncos Country. All is right with the world.