October 17, 2012 at 01:26pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
I guess since it’s been a few days, it’s time to discuss Aqib Talib‘s four-game suspension.
So this time his problem isn’t anger-related, it’s Adderall. Adderall is on the banned substance list because it is essentially speed. Talib claims to have taken one Adderall pill for his ADHD (a diagnosis I believe) before training camp and that was what got him in trouble. Of course, he can say anything he wants because test results of players being disciplined under the PED policy are confidential. He could have been injecting mutated horse DNA directly into his thighs and we’d never know. In recent years, players would blame meal supplements with banned substances in them that weren’t on the list of ingredients. This year it’s Adderall (which to me is dumber because you can’t blame ignorance — the banned substance list isn’t secret). So whatever the reason, Talib broke the rules and has to sit out for four games.
To be honest with you, I don’t think a lot about Talib. I’ve kind of written him off the team in my mind. I won’t stop being a fan of the team if he’s still on it, but I won’t expect anything from him, either. I thought he should have been cut after the pistol-whipping incident. Yes, I know all charges were dropped and Talib was cleared of any wrongdoing. But the dude is a magnet for trouble, and if he’s not creating it himself (which he mostly does), he is hanging around people who create it for him. Either way, he becomes an embarrassment to the team who has to apologize for his bullshit pretty much annually at this point. Greg Schiano says he will welcome Talib back after his suspension and to trust him that he knows what is best for the organization. And of course Schiano is there every day and I’m here in ripped underwear in front of my computer (don’t ask), so yes, he knows more than I do about what the Bucs need. But I do know the Bucs played one of their best defensive games without him last Sunday. And I know no other player comes close to having Talib’s history of trouble (I know several of them do have rap sheets, but none of them are as long as Talib’s). So… what’s the real benefit for continuing to put the team in the awkward position of defending Talib over and over again?