It looks like ex-NFL All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib might not be able to escape trouble from the tragic incident that took place last weekend in Lancaster, Texas. In new video that has emerged, Aqib Talib is seen standing near his brother Yaqub Talib who shot youth football coach Michael Hickmon to death following an argument and scuffle. The video also shows Aqib helping Yaqub flee the scene.
Yaqub Talib, 39, is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting Michael Hickmon, 43, in Lancaster, Texas, a Dallas suburb. Talib shot Hickmon multiple times after a disagreement between the opposing coaching staffs of two youth football teams over calls made by the officials during a game. The arguments led to a physical fight before Talib pulled out a gun.
Yaqub has since turned himself in and at the time, Aqib Talib’s lawyers said Aqib was not involved in any violence.
“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” his attorney told TMZ. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”
The new video shows Aqib was more than present. He was in the middle of the action, though never seen participating in the violence. But immediately after the gunshots, Aqib is seen heading straight for the shooter — allegedly his 39-year-old brother Yaqub — before both men flee the scene.
Aqib Talib has not been charged with anything, but police will certainly want to question him as to what occurred that day and what role, if any, he played.
This isn’t Aqib Talib’s first brush with the law.
In 2009 Talib allegedly beat up a taxi driver in Florida and was arrested and charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.
In 2011 a felony arrest warrant was issued for Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he was accused of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. The charges were ultimately dropped due to lack of evidence.
In 2016 he was shot in the leg outside a Dallas strip club. It was later revealed that Talib falsified the report, having actually shot himself in the leg and lied to the police, and was drunk and never at the strip club mentioned.
At best, Aqib Talib has a history of being involved in less than ideal incidents. At worst, you could say he’s a magnet for trouble.
In the scenario that left Michael Hickmon dead, no doubt it was instinct and Aqib was protecting his brother. The two reportedly are close. But given what else the police find out during the course of their investigation, it could spell trouble for Aqib. Aiding and abetting and fleeing and eluding are all on the table.
Of course, if Aqib lies at any point during questioning and it is later uncovered, you can add obstruction as well.
Aqib Talib just signed on to be a part of Amazon Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” studio coverage. That gig could be in danger if there is more to his involvement in the tragic shooting in Lancaster.