Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was shot in the right leg at a Dallas nightclub early this morning, according to multiple media reports.
The injury is said to be non-life-threatening, and Talib is receiving treatment in a local hospital. There are conflicting accounts as to whether doctors have already released him from the ER, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
The Broncos are headed to the White House tomorrow to commemorate their Super Bowl 50 victory with President Obama, but Talib apparently is unlikely to make the trip as a result of the injury. A nine-year NFL veteran, Talib is in the third-year of a $57 million contract with the Broncos, $8 million of which is guaranteed.
The team’s three-day minicap, requiring mandatory attendance, opens on Tuesday.
Aqib Talib, who attended high school in a Dallas suburb and lives in the area during the offseason, was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs traded him to the New England Patriots in November 2012.
“According to WFAA-TV, Talib was one of multiple victims in the shooting at the VLive night club on 1311 Empire Central Drive. Police told the Dallas Morning News that a patron pulled a gun and shot one person inside the club. A fight ensued outside the club, where another was shot,” the Denver Post reported.
A Denver Broncos exec confirmed on Twitter that Talib was wounded in the leg, adding that the star is okay and that the team is gathering more information about the incident.
“Talib, 30, has been in intermittent legal trouble since his NFL arrival. He was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest in 2009 after allegedly punching a taxi driver. In 2011, he and his mother were arrested after an altercation with his sister’s boyfriend. Talib allegedly fired shots at the boyfriend, though those charges were later dropped. While he has largely remained out of trouble since, this is the second time in 14 months that Talib has allegedly found himself in a melee at a Dallas bar…,” Bleacher Report recalled.
“Multiple theories are making the rounds among players and other league insiders. The Broncos are still attempting determine exactly how Talib was injured, and who specifically pulled the trigger,” NBC Sports claimed about the late-night encounter.
Talib was fined about $26,000 for a faceguard infringement and taunting the other team in the Broncos 24-10 upset victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers, thereby evading a game suspension. He has also been subject to NFL discipline for previous on-field infractions during his pro football career.
“The NFL office is aware of the shooting and has been in contact with the Broncos to gather information, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. The league has no comment at this time,” ESPN noted, about the matter which will probably result in a probe by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.
“Dallas Police have yet to release full details on what led to the shooting or the names of those involved. Fox 4 is told the shooting happened just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday after a fight started inside the club. One person allegedly pulled out a gun, firing and hitting another club patron. The fight then continued outside of the club in the parking lot, where another person was shot. As of this morning police are searching for the people involved that weren’t transported,” Fox4 reported about the Aqib Talib shooting at the nightclub.
According to what a Talib insider told NBC Affiliate 9News in Denver, the incident was the result of an accidental gunshot wound.
“Talib is one of the best cover cornerbacks in the league and helped the Broncos take home a Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50 earlier this year. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler, appearing in the game in each of the last three years and was a second-team All-Pro player in 2013. He is a major part of Denver’s defense after snaring three interceptions last season,” SB Nation detailed.
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