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Talib’s Trial Might Not Take Place Until After Season

Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib is unlikely to go to trial on his aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in Texas until after the season, Talib’s lawyer told the St. Petersburg Times.

“Right now, if I requested a trial, it would be late November at the earliest and most likely it would be next year,” lawyer Frank Perez said. Under that scenario, Talib would be able to play for the Buccaneers this year unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prevented him from doing so under the league’s personal conduct policy. Because the second-degree felony case, which could net Talib up to 20 years if convicted, hasn’t been adjudicated yet, Talib could stay on the field. Perez is still hoping the case will ultimately be dismissed and might ask for the trial to begin sooner to get it resolved. Talib allegedly tried to pistol whip his sister’s boyfriend and he and his mother both allegedly fired shots.

“I don’t like the case if I’m the district attorney,” Perez said. “We feel very, very strongly Aqib is going to prevail in this. There’s nothing to this case. I can’t tell you now, but I’m confident we’ve got something that’s going to turn the tide of public opinion. I probably will request a trial at that time. Aqib wants to put it behind him, but there are jail cases, and since he’s free on bond, that could bump us back another year.”

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