Aqib Talib leaves Amazon after his brother’s murder accusation

Aqib Talib will refrain from streaming ‘Thursday Night Football’ on Amazon to focus on his family after his brother was charged with murder, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The former NFL defensive back, 36, and his brother Yaqub Talib, 39, were allegedly involved in a fight that killed a junior football coach.

Former NFL defensive back Aqib Talib was originally hired as a broadcaster for Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football.”
AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File

The Talib brothers co-coach the North Dallas United Bobcats, a youth soccer team, and reportedly started a fight with opposing coaches and referees on August 13 in Lancaster, Texas. A disagreement between the coaching teams reportedly turned physical, with Aqib Talib reportedly throwing a punch at Dragons Elite Academy coach Mike Hickmon.

Police say Yaqub Talib then shot Hickmon, leaving the 43-year-old father of three with wounds to his chest, back and forearm. Hickmon later died at a nearby hospital.

This reservation photo released by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department shows Yaqub Salik Talib.
Dallas County Sheriff’s Department via AP

Yaqub Talib later surrendered to police on August 15 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Witnesses told the WFAA in Dallas that Aqib Talib ran across the field to confront the referees, sparking the fight. Aqib Talib has not been charged.

Frank Perez, the defensive back’s former attorney, said in a statement that Aqib Talib “is very upset and devastated by this terrible loss of life.”

“He wishes to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to all who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy,” Perez added.

Five-time Pro Bowler Aqib Talib joined Amazon’s new NFL coverage team in late June.

The Talib brothers were involved in the fatal fight.
The Talib brothers were involved in the fatal fight.

The Super Bowl champion was scheduled to take his place in the studio for Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” alongside Andrew Whitworth.

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