Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday in New York, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Talib’s trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is not set until March and Talib is so adamant of his innocence on the charges that he turned down a plea deal for a minor misdemeanor, according to sources. The Bucs, with knowledge of some evidence, feel good about his ability to play this season.
Additionally, sources with knowledge of the evidence of the case say that the person accusing Talib is a convicted felon, who has considerable character issues and his testimony does not match others at the scene.
Talib has had discipline issues in the past, but it’s rare for the league to issue discipline prior to the legal resolution of a case like this.
Talib isn’t the only NFL player scheduled to meet with Goodell on Tuesday. Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt is also set to meet with the commissioner, according to a report by The Associated Press.
Britt says he is praying that nothing happens as far as discipline once he meets with Goodell. Britt was arrested twice in New Jersey and surrendered himself on two arrest warrants in Tennessee for giving inaccurate information on driver’s license applications.
The first-round draft pick out of Rutgers in 2009 has had seven incidents with police since being drafted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.