The Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office said it plans to file formal charges against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
Talib is accused of hitting a cab driver in August. He will face a misdemeanor Battery charge stemming from the August incident where a cab driver said he was punched by the Bucs player and former first round draft pick. A second charge of Resisting Arrest without Violence has been dropped by the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office.
The State Attorney’s Office said they have enough evidence to charge Talib. He will be formally arraigned in a few weeks. The misdemeanor Battery charge is punishable by up to one year in the Pinellas County Jail or one year of probation with up to a $1,000 Fine. Talib’s attorney, Ronald Hanes, has indicated that his client will plead Not Guilty.
The Buccaneers are leaving for England on Friday to prepare for their game with New England on Sunday in London. There are no special stipulations that would prevent him from traveling with the team, as he is not considered to be a flight risk.
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