New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib seemingly shed his "bad boy" image this season.
However, Talib bought back the good ol’ days after New England’s 26-16 AFC championship loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
During the first half of the loss, Talib sustained a knee injury, which was originally labeled a rib ailment, after Broncos receiver Wes Welker hit the cornerback. Talib was examined by team doctors and never returned. The Pro Bowler's absence enabled Broncos receiver Demariyus Thomas to record seven receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown.
New York Post reporter Bart Hubbuch attempted to interview Talib after the game, but was unexpectedly denied.
In violation of the league's media policy, Aqib Talib said he isn't talking to the media. (cc: NFL office)
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 19, 2014
The NFL requires players to speak with the media at least once during the week and after each game. According to Hubbuch, a member of New England’s media relations staff was able to calm down Talib, but not before the cornerback cursed him.
Talib told me to "get out my face, motherf*****" and was about to leave the locker room before a Pats official forced him to stop and talk. — Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 19, 2014
So much for that feel-good story about Talib turning the corner since joining New England.
Talib was arrested numerous times as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plus received a four-game suspension by the NFL for Adderall use because he violated the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Talib, a former first-round pick, was traded to New England in 2012, mostly because Tampa Bay could not deal with his immaturity.
However, Talib stayed out of trouble in New England, and was a Pro Bowl selection this season. Talib seemingly cleaned up his act.
Judging his outburst on Sunday, it appears Talib was just acting like a changed man.
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