Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Woman alleges Bucs' Talib threatened to 'put a cap in' her
TAMPA - A Tampa woman has claimed in a lawsuit that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib threatened to "put a cap in’’ her during a traffic dispute in December 2010. The lawsuit comes less than three weeks before Talib is slated to stand trial on a felony gun charge in Texas. The plaintiff, Betty Atwood, said she was driving eastbound on Spruce Street near West Shore Boulevard on Dec. 9, 2010, when Talib "negligently caused them to collide," according to the suit, filed March 2 with the Civil Division of Hillsborough County’s 13th Circuit Court. Atwood said in the suit that before police arrived Talib threatened her. The suit, which seeks damages of $15,000, said Atwood suffered physical injuries from the crash as well as depression, anxiety and "severe emotional distress" from Talib’s threat.Attempts to reach Talib were unsuccessful Thursday, and the Buccaneers had no immediate reaction to the lawsuit. On Thursday, Tampa police said they had no accident report from the alleged incident and could not verify that a traffic accident involving Talib occurred on the date given in the lawsuit. Talib, 26, has had several run-ins with the law since he came to the Bucs as a first-round draft pick out of the University of Kansas in 2008. In August 2009, the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Talib after an incident involving a cab driver while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel. The driver said Talib punched him. Talib pleaded not guilty, and the case was dismissed after he completed a pretrial diversion program. The cab driver, David Duggan, said Talib agreed to an undisclosed cash settlement. Talib's attorney, Ron Hanes, confirmed the parties reached an out-of-court settlement. Details were not provided, but Duggan signed a statement recommending Talib enter the pretrial intervention program. The NFL fined Talib and suspended him without pay for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Then in March 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police in Garland, Texas, said he attempted to pistol-whip and fire gun shots at his sister's boyfriend. Talib is scheduled to stand trial March 26 on that charge. He met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the start of the 2011 season, but Goodell issued no punishment, saying the league would wait for the outcome of Talib's trial before deciding further action. In July 2008, Talib was involved in a fight with teammate Cory Boyd at the NFL's Rookie Symposium. In May 2009, Talib got into a fight with teammate Donald Penn during a minicamp workout and wound up hitting another player, Torrie Cox, in the face with his helmet.