Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, and both left without being given any final word of their suspension status, according to a league source.
Both players, who were involved in off-field issues during the lockout, were getting their first chance to give information and answer questions from NFL Security and league officials.
Both have had problems in the past, and thus as “repeat offenders” to some degree could face league discipline. But Britt’s charges were lessened or dropped and Talib is not even scheduled to go to trial until after the season and he turned the opportunity to plea to much lesser misdemeanor charges in order to attempt to prove his innocence of gun charges in court.
Their cases will be watched closely, as these incidents occurred during the lockout. The league has said it intends to hold players to the personal conduct policy even for transgressions that took place during the lockout.
Given the unusual circumstances of the lockout, communication between the league and these players was largely cutoff, and the commissioner had lots of matters on his agenda coming out of the lockout. But with the season now quickly approaching, league discipline matters are before him as well.