Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Aqib Talib seems to love getting in trouble, and even his Halloween plans reflect that.
He was suspended for one game in 2010, for assaulting a cab driver, and somehow averted 2011 suspension even though he and his mother were indicted for assault with a deadly weapon after a drive-by shooting in Texas. (According to Adam Schefter, Talib could still face 2012 suspension pending the outcome of his trial.) So one would assume Talib would do whatever he could to stay out of trouble.
Not so much. A couple of tipsters have alerted us to Talib's participation in "Da First Eva Coon-O-Ween Party," a Tampa-based Halloween party/wack rap show that's scheduled for Sunday, when the Bucs are on a bye. (Click here to view the full flyer.) For $40, per the ad, you can see Tom G, Famous Kid Brick, Tae Bae Bae, Teddy P, Ms. Heather Marie, Rated R, and Young AJ, with a complementary buffet. "Aquib [sic] Talib" is listed as a special guest, with "other Bucs guests" promised on the flyer.
UPDATE: The Bucs emailed us a statement. "Hi there. I wanted to inform you that Aqib is not involved in the event." Noted.
There's no way the Bucs can be pleased with their players attending a party named "Coon-O-Ween." It's a bad, charged name. (When Media Take Out, of all places, is calling the party organizers backward and ignorant, they should know they've gone too far.)
It must be especially troubling given the billed appearance from a player who's staring down an assault trial in the offseason. The St. Pete Times reported in April that Talib was all but done as a Buccaneer. This can't help.
Coon-O-Ween with Aqib Talib [Tampa Bay Sports Central, h/t Ryan]