Last weekend, Aqib Talib’s brother allegedly shot and killed a man during a youth soccer game in Texas. Aqib was there. And while he has not been charged with a crime, the situation remains messy and confusing and ultimately ominous.
And so Talib won’t be working for Amazon this season.
Talib told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that the longtime NFL defensive back will distance from his broadcasting duties to spend time with his family.
It feels like the end product of a carefully manicured PR strategy. Amazon certainly didn’t want Talib on the air given the situation. The NFL certainly didn’t want Amazon to air Talib given the situation.
So Talib got the chance to run away. And he took it.
It’s really no surprise. From the moment the situation first came to light, it felt like Talib’s tenure at Amazon would be untenable.
Maybe someday he can do it again. He is very entertaining on TV. But a lot of things need to be figured out about last weekend’s incident in Texas before that can ever happen.
A first round pick of the Buccaneers in 2008, Talib played for Tampa Bay, New England, Denver, Rams and Dolphins.