Aqib Talib to former college coach: I didn’t do it

Published: March 30th, 2011
By Bucs Beat Feed

Aqib Talib still faces a serious charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Garland, Texas, but the Bucs' standout cornerback is maintaining his innocence.

In a conversation this week with Clint Bowen, a co-defensive coordinator during Talib's time at the University of Kansas, Talib was adamant that he did not fire a weapon during an altercation with his sister's boyfriend.

 "I talked to Aqib two days ago," Bowen said. "I told him, 'I just read something about you firing a gun.' He said, 'Man, I didn't do a thing. It'll all come out soon.' He just kept saying that."

In fact, Talib indicated it was instead his mother who fired, according to Bowen. The mother, Okolo Talib, is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

"He said, 'I didn't do that. That was my mom,' " Bowen recounted. " 'It's all going to come out.' "

Bowen remains one of Talib's confidants even more than three years after Talib's Kansas career concluded. During the conversation with Talib, Bowen got the impression that Talib was in good spirits. The two even talked about Talib possibly visiting the coach at his current school, the University of North Texas, where Bowen is the defensive coordinator. The school is located in Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of Talib's home in north Dallas.