Former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday that he “will be stepping back from his broadcast duties at Amazon to spend time with his family.”
Talib’s decision to step down from his role as an analyst for ‘Thursday Night Football’ comes on the heels of his brother, Yaqub Talib, who went to the Dallas County Jail in Texas when a warrant was issued. Judgment has been issued for his arrest after he allegedly shot and killed a man during a youth football match on August 13. Yaqub Talib has been charged with first degree murder.
According to the Lancaster Police Department, the shooting happened at Lancaster Community Park after a disagreement between the coaching teams over a call that turned physical. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot 43-year-old Michael Hickmon multiple times. Hickmon, a coach for one of the teams (the DEA Dragons) and a former North Texas college football player, was transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to the WFAA, Yaqub and Aqib Talib were both coaches of the North Dallas United Bobcats, the other team playing at the time of the incident. Aqib Talib was not mentioned in the Lancaster Police press release.
Aqib Talib was set to join Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” team as an analyst, alongside Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman and newly retired Ryan Fitzpatrick. Talib had recently done color commentary work for Fox.
He played 12 years in the NFL, for the Buccaneers, Patriots, Broncos and Rams. He was a five-time Pro Bowl draft pick and won Super Bowl 50 with Denver.