Woman sues Bucs' Talib for alleged threat

Posted March 08, 2012 @ 10:03 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

A Tampa woman is suing Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib for allegedly threatening to "put a cap in" her during a traffic accident in December 2010, according to a report in the Tampa Tribune.

The plaintiff in the civil suit, Betty Atwood of Tampa, said in her March 2 filing that she was driving her car when Talib, driving another car, "negligently caused them to collide." She is seeking $15,000 in damages, alleging that she suffered physical injuries from the crash, as well as depression, anxiety and "severe emotional distress" from Talib's threat, which she said occurred before the police arrived on the scene.

Tampa police told the newspaper that they had no accident report from the alleged altercation.

Talib's attorney, Jay Reisinger, called the allegation "false" and referred to the accident as "very minor" in a statement made on his client's behalf on Thursday.

Talib has had a number of run-ins with authorities since being drafted by the Bucs in the first round in 2008.

He is scheduled for trial March 26 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police in Garland, Texas, accused him of trying to pistol-whip and fire gunshots at his sister's boyfriend in March of last year.

In August 2009, Talib was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol after a taxi driver accused Talib of punching him. The case was dismissed after Talib completed a pretrial diversion program and reached an out-of-court settlement with the cab driver. The NFL fined Talib and suspended him for one game (the 2010 season opener) without pay for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

In July 2008, Talib got into a fight with teammate Cory Boyd at the NFL's rookie symposium, and in May 2009, Talib was involved in a fight with teammate Donald Penn during a minicamp and ended up hitting a different player, Torrie Cox, in the face with his helmet.