Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib must have wondered why the Dallas Police Department announced on Sunday morning that he had been arrested for public intoxication, considering he was at home.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones cleared up the strange tale. Dallas police, which had said Aqib Talib was arrested, told USA Today it was actually Yaqub Talib who was arrested. He's the Broncos' cornerback's older brother.
Here's the sequence of tweets from Maj. Max Geron, who heads up the media relations unit of the Dallas Police Department, starting with the incorrect tweets on Sunday morning announcing Aqib Talib was arrested, and then the correction and apology.
.@dallaspd arrest Denver Bronco Aqib Talib for public intox after he was throwing bottles causing a disturbance. Talib was danger to self— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
...and others. Talib was intoxicated in a club causing a disturbance.— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
#BREAKING CORRECTION - Yaqub Talib 31yrs old was arrested. My apologies to Aqib Talib. Original information reported was incorrect.— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
The Broncos confirmed to USA Today that Aqib Talib, their cornerback, was at home.
There's certainly going to be many questions asked about why an NFL player was mistakenly announced as being arrested, complete with #NFL hashtags on Twitter. It also affects Yaqub Talib, who isn't a famous public figure like his brother. All of a sudden news of his arrest has become public knowledge because of the mistake.
It must have been an odd Sunday morning for the Broncos and Aqib Talib, but it turns out nothing was amiss with one of the team's key free-agent pickups.
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