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November 2, 2012

Patriots obtain CB Aqib Talib from Buccaneers


That led to his first NFL suspension, for violating the league’s conduct policy. He wasn’t allowed to play in Tampa Bay’s 2010 season opener and was docked an additional paycheck.

In March 2011, police in his native Texas issued a felony warrant for Talib — he was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly pistol-whipped and shot at his sister’s boyfriend, Shannon Billings. He was released on $25,000 bond and was indicted two months later. But earlier this year, the charges were dropped because of insufficient evidence and character concerns about Billings — at the time, Billings was in jail as a repeat sex offender.

During his Tampa Bay tenure, Talib also hit a teammate with a helmet and nearly had a physical altercation with an official.

Talib began serving his suspension Oct. 14 and missed the Buccaneers’ last three games. With the Patriots having their bye this week, Talib must sit out New England’s Nov. 11 game with Buffalo before being eligible to make his Patriots debut Nov. 18 against Indianapolis.

At the time of his suspension, Talib released a statement through the Buccaneers.

“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription. This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach [Greg] Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”

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