The brother of a former NFL star is wanted for murder following a shooting at a youth football game in Texas.
Yaqub Talib, the brother of former All-Pro safety and Super Bowl champion Aqib Talib, was identified as the suspect in the shooting and an active warrant is out for his arrest, police in Lancaster, a city in Dallas County, said in a news release obtained by WFAA on Sunday.
Responding officers received a report of a "disagreement among coaching staff and the officiating crew" during a youth football game between the North Dallas United Bobcats and D.E.A. Dragons at Lancaster Community Park on Saturday (August 13) at around 8:50 p.m.
Talib, a coach for the North Dallas United Bobcats, and a D.E.A. Dragons coach reportedly got into a physical altercation before Talib fired a gun.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Coaches with the D.E.A. Dragons youth team told WFAA that the victim was Mike Hickmon, although authorities hadn't officially released the victim's identification.
“We saw one of our coaches laying down on the ground right there. It was tough," Dragons' president Mike Freeman said via WFAA. “More than just a coach. Great father, great man, great role model, great mentor.”
Aqib Talib is also a coach for the North Dallas United Bobcats and was at the scene at the time of the shooting.
The 36-year-old played for five NFL teams -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008-12), New England Patriots (2012-13), Denver Broncos (2014-17), Los Angeles Rams (2018-19), and Miami Dolphins (2019) -- and was a member of the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 team, as well as a first-team All-Pro in 2016, second-team All-Pro in 2013 and a five-time Pro Bowl selection (2013-17).
Ben Volin, who covered Brady's final seven seasons with the New England Patriots for the Boston Globe, told Colin Cowherd on The Herd last week that he was present at the Bucs' practice last Wednesday (August 10) and questioned whether Brady was second-guessing his decision to come out of retirement.
“I do wonder where his head is at right now,” Volin said. “The older Brady gets, the less we criticize and wonder if he can actually play. I mean, he was so good at 44, there's no doubt in our minds that if Brady is fully committed that he can have a terrific season at 45, but there are definitely signs that his head isn't fully into it. And, I try not to be the body language police, but I was at Bucs practice yesterday, and he looked miserable.”
Volin then speculated whether the situation in Tampa was ideal for Brady, specifically noting the recent retirement of longtime Patriots and Buccaneers teammate Rob Gronkowski and the recent injury to starting center Ryan Jensen.
“I don’t think he loves the humidity in Tampa; it is very swampy out here every morning. His buddy Gronk has retired, that’s his running mate, that’s his guy, and now he looks all over the field and he’s throwing to Kyle Rudolph. Chris Godwin is banged up, and we’re not sure when he’s going to be himself again. Brady's center goes down.
"There are just a lot of things going on with the team, and we also know playing with the Bucs was not his No. 1 wish this year. If he had gotten his way, he'd be running the Dolphins.”
Brady was absent from the Bucs' practice last Thursday (August 11) and was expected to be away from the team for several days, head coach Todd Bowles said via NFL Network senior insider Ian Rapoport.
"#Bucs QB Tom Brady is not at practice today for personal, non-football reasons," Rapoport tweeted. "Coach Todd Bowles will discuss it after practice, but my understanding is he won't be present for a few days."
Rapoport added that "Brady is fine and the team is on board with his reasons for being absent," but noted that it would "be a little bit" of time before the seven-time Super Bowl champion returns.
Bowles later confirmed that Brady was expected to be away from the team until after the Bucs' preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on August 20, according to Rapoport.
The Buccaneers had already ruled Brady out for their first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins last Saturday (August 13) prior to his reported absence on Thursday.
Brady, who turned 45 last week, announced his retirement, then un-retirement this offseason ahead of his 23rd NFL season.
Brady is the NFL's all-time passing leader for yards (84,520) and touchdowns (624), as well as quarterback wins (243), among numerous other records.
The San Mateo native spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, leading the franchise to an NFL record six Super Bowl championships (tied with the Steelers), before joining the Buccaneers as a free agent in March 2020, which resulted in Tampa Bay winning its second Super Bowl in franchise history, becoming the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl in its home stadium, in February 2021.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo publicly acknowledged interest in one day playing for the Chicago Bulls during a recent interview with FOX 32 Chicago, though reaffirmed that he's committed to his current team.
"I think anybody you ask that question that plays basketball, if he said no, he'd be a liar," Antetokounmpo said on The Sports Zone when asked if he'd ever consider playing for the Bulls at some point in his career. "It's a team that won multiple championships. It's a team with one of the greatest players—if not the greatest player to ever play this game—played for. It's a no-brainer. Everybody would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I'll play for Chicago, but right now I'm committed to Milwaukee."
Antetokounmpo, 27, signed a five-year, $228 million supermax extension to stay with the Bucks in December 2020 ahead of what would've been an offseason free agency period for the then-two-time reigning NBA MVP.
"This is my home, this is my city," Antetokounmpo shared on his verified social media accounts at the time. "I'm blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let's make these years count. The show goes on, let's get it."
Jason Smith: “Baseball gets difficult when Aaron Judge doesn’t hit a homerun every game! They’re in a cold streak, when Stanton comes back, they’ll come alive and they’ll be alright on offense. The problem is this bullpen, they can’t get anybody out. If your bullpen isn’t good and it’s suspect, guess who is going home late in the playoffs? The team with the weak pitching! If the bullpen stinks in the playoffs then the Yankees are going to stink. Aaron Judge can hit two homeruns a game but it won’t make a difference if you can’t get guys out late in games.”
Steve DeSaegher: “I agree, if I were a Yankee fan right now this would worry me. With the dominance they’ve had all season and now getting exposed as of late, there is no way you can take this pitching staff into the playoffs and feel comfortable.”
On The Jason Smith Show, Jason and Steve DeSaegher talk about how they’re starting to get concerned with the Yankee’s losing 5 out of their last 6 games. With the MLB making the new post-season schedule, the guys both agree the Yankees will have a tough time going deep into October with the bullpen concerns they are having.
Rob Parker: “So many quarterbacks have missed the boat... For example, Patrick Mahomes took a bad deal with 63 million dollar deal guaranteed, he’s going to be the 12th-13th highest paid player instead of top 5. He should’ve of got a fully guaranteed contract with his resume. I believe Lamar should hold out. We’ve seen guys such as Kyler Murray who only got 160 million dollars guaranteed out of his new deal of 230 million dollars. Every quarterback in the NFL should be going for guaranteed deals. You see it in the MLB & the NBA. This is how you change the framework within the NFL. It’s ridiculous the NFL is still giving these phony contracts where they can get rid of you at any point they want. That system in Baltimore is set up for Lamar Jackson, this guy has a better resume than Deshaun Watson and he got a guaranteed contract with the Browns so why shouldn’t he!?”
JR Gamble: “I can’t agree with you Rob! I’m all about guys getting their money. I don’t think any NFL quarterback should get a guaranteed contract. There is too much risk going on at that position. It’d be different if he was throwing 300 yards per game, but his style of game is risky. Cleveland was a fool for giving Deshaun Watson that contract! Maybe if Lamar had Super Bowl rings under his belt it’d be different but who do you think he is Tom Brady!?”
Today on The Odd Couple, Rob Parker & JR Gamble got fired up regarding Lamar Jackson’s demands for a new deal before the regular season starts September 8th. While Rob believes Lamar has a credible resume and deserves a guaranteed contract, JR thinks that Lamar is too much of a risk to give him guaranteed money. The discussion turned into a debate whether all quarterbacks should get fully guaranteed contracts. Rob was on board, but RJ is not convinced that a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL can stay healthy and produce to the level they should for that kind of deal.
AJ Hoffman: “Now that you’re going to see three pre-season games instead of four they want to get their offense clicking earlier so they’re more willing to kick up the offense in the pre-season and make sure it’s ready for the season.”
RJ Bell: “This is clearly a small sample size, I don’t love your theory AJ... I do think it was an off year last year, and we had Covid the year prior! It feels like the last few pre-seasons have just been extremely disrupted. It’s tough to go by the numbers from 2020, 2021, & 2022, you’d have to go look at the numbers before 2019 to see if this makes sense. I don’t trust the numbers.”
Today on Straight Outta Vegas RJ Bell & AJ Hoffman breakdown the reason there has been an increase in overs for total combined score per game during week one of the 2022 NFL pre-season. 82% of pre-season week one games went over compared to last year’s (2021) opposite of week one combined score over which only hit at 23%. While AJ is convinced that this may be a new trend in the NFL, RJ thinks the numbers are just a fluke & week two pre-season should tell us more.
Doug Gottlieb: “At just 23 years old this has a dramatic effect on how we look at him as a player. I think he has a lot of maturing to do and he tried to cheat steps here. Is he really that good or was he using performance-enhancing drugs previously and only now got caught? He never offered up that this would have been to get back out on the field; he said it was for ringworm, which quite obviously was not. He’s 23 years old so it’s not like he was older and needed the extra time. I think he got caught cheating, that’s all and he didn’t cycle off quick enough. If it was to get back out on the field sooner it wouldn’t have been steroids, it would have been HGH. That’s just simply to get stronger, faster, work harder, whatever. I think it absolutely has to call into question anything he’s accomplished previously because then you’re operating under the assumption that he got caught only on the first time that he ever tried it and that seems hard for me to believe. To get caught in this era you gotta be a complete dope and a complete cheat and that’s what he appears to be.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Doug Gottlieb question whether Fernando Tatis Jr. has been using performance-enhancing drugs his entire career, as Doug believes Tatis’ 80-game PED suspension has to put into question everything he’s ever accomplished in his brief star-studded career.
Check out the audio above as Gottlieb details why it’s hard to believe that this was the first time Tatis ever tried to use PEDs.
Ric Bucher on a potential Kevin Durant, Nets/Celtics blockbuster trade: “From the GMs that I’ve talked to about this deal, the linchpin as to who it would work best for is whether Marcus Smart is in the deal or not. If you’re sending Jaylen Brown AND Marcus that’s a great deal for Brooklyn, but if I’m Boston I want to keep Marcus Smart because Marcus Smart is my leader, he’s my pace-setter, he’s my Draymond Green. I don’t want Kevin Durant or Jayson Tatum to be the leaders of my team because neither one of them really embraces that or galvanizes everybody. Ime Udoka has demonstrated that he will hold stars accountable, he doesn’t care, he will hold you accountable and I would assume he would do the same thing with Kevin Durant, but I still need a voice in the locker room. It started with Marcus Smart calling out Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown [last year], that’s where the turnaround started. I would need the same thing, and if I don’t have Marcus Smart then I lose a lot of physicality and I lose a lot of leadership.” (Full Interview Above)
Listen to NBA insider Ric Bucher join The Herd with Colin Cowherd to discuss the potential of a Kevin Durant blockbuster trade to the Boston Celtics centering around a Durant and Jaylen Brown swap, as Bucher has serious doubts about whether the Celtics should also throw Marcus Smart into the deal.
Check out the segment above Bucher details why Smart is considered the ‘linchpin’ of the deal and the guy most coveted in the locker room, saying that in the absence of Smart he wouldn’t want to be stuck with Durant or Jayson Tatum ever being the leader of a team.
Over the weekend Fernando Tatis Jr. was hit with an 80-game suspension from MLB for using an anabolic steroid. While Tatis tries to blame his negative test on treatment for ringworm, the Padres are left with egg on their face.
Ben Maller: "The Padres front office are looking like country bumpkins on this one. They couldn't even get to Year 7 or 8 of the contract before this happened. They got a year and that's it. He hasn't played at all this year so 1 year of Tatis and now this and "Here ya go!" Forking over the forever contract."