The brother of former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib, Yaqub, is facing a murder charge after a fatal shooting at a youth football game in Lancaster, Texas. An altercation broke out at the end of the game on Saturday, and that is when Yaqub Talib allegedly pulled out his firearm and shot the victim.
The Lancaster Police Department released a statement that described the alleged events of the shooting. Yaqub Talib was identified as the shooter, and a warrant was put out for his arrest.
“Upon arrival, officers were notified of a disagreement among coaching staff and the officiating crew,” the police department said in a statement, via Benjamin Allbright. “During the disagreement the opposing coaching staff were involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced deceased.”
On Monday, Yaqub Talib turned himself into the the authorities, according to a report from the Associated Press. Clark Birdsall, the attorney for Yaqub Talib, released a statement on behalf of his client.
Birdsall said Yaqub Talib “regrets the tragic loss of life but self surrendered this morning so that he may have the chance to say his side of the story.” Birdsall did not provide any more details about Yaqub Talib’s perspective.
Aqib Talib was in attendance when the shooting occurred, and his attorney released a statement to TMZ Sports.
“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” Aqib Talib’s lawyer said in the statement. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”
Aqib Talib played 12 seasons in the NFL and he won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos while also earning five trips to the Pro Bowl throughout his career. Aqib Talib retired ahead of the 2020 season and currently works as an analyst for Amazon Prime.