Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib is no stranger to trouble with the league office and today Talib has found himself in trouble once again. Tampa Bay announced today that Talib has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy.
Talib confirmed the news and released a statement on the positive drug test.
“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” Talib said in the statement. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”
Talib’s positive drug test is just the latest trouble that he has found himself in and he has once again let the Buccaneers down. Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano also issued a statement on the suspension and expressed his disappointment in Talib.
“We are disappointed to learn that Aqib Talib will be suspended for four games, which will begin with our game tomorrow against Kansas City,” Schiano said. “I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down. Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension.”
Since Talib is passing up his ability to appeal the suspension, he will begin serving the suspension immediately. Talib will be eligible for return on November 5th.